Howard Birtell

Howard Arthur Birtell, age 51, of Moyock, NC died unexpectedly at his residence on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Born in Mount Holly, NJ on June 12, 1971 to Nancy Ruth Durham Birtell and the late Edward Joseph Birtell, he was the husband of Susan Leigh Froman Birtell for thirty years. He served his country honorably in the U. S. Navy and was a disabled veteran who served during the Gulf War era. Howard worked as an Engineering Technician for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard where he was loved by his work brothers and sisters. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed golf and bowling.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Shelby Holley (Raymond) and Casey Birtell, both of Moyock, NC; a sister, Tammy Birtell of Rustburg, VA; three brothers, Edward Birtell, Jr. (Danielle) of Goldsboro, PA; Scotty Birtell (Christina) of Florence, SC, and Daniel Birtell (LeeAnn) of Rustburg, VA; two granddaughters, Gracie and Emma; two grandsons, Jayden and Brayden; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 691 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457 with Pastor Chuck Moseley officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors rendered by the U. S. Navy. A visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel.

Twiford Funeral Homes, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is serving the Birtell family. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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