Billy Russ Darrow, 64, of Washington, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. His girlfriend, Claudia Beamon resides in Morehead City.
His memorial is at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Washington with the Rev. Jay Martin officiating. Burial will be private. The family invites all to join them following the service for a cookout celebrating Billy’s life at the Riverside Community Lot on Riverside Road in Washington. Casual purple attire is encouraged.
Mr. Darrow was born on July 9, 1948, in Houma, La., to the late Charles Walker Darrow and Allene Woolard Darrow. The Darrow family moved to Washington when Billy was 6 months old. He was a 1966 graduate of Washington High School and a 1970 graduate of East Carolina University. Mr. Darrow served as broker in charge at Century 21 Real Estate of Washington for 20 years. He also owned and operated several businesses in the Washington area. Mr. Darrow was an active member of the Pirate Club, a former president of the Washington Jaycees, state director of the N.C. Jaycees, served on the Washington City Council, and was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Washington.
Billy loved the river and the beach and was a wholehearted ECU Pirate fan. He will be remembered for his quick wit, his special love for his children and grandchildren, and his unrelenting ministry of food, as he often served his church family by manning the grill. Toward the end of his life, Billy experienced a personal renaissance of faith, and his last days were full of joy.
In addition to his girlfriend, Mr. Darrow is survived by his children, Russ Darrow of Atlanta, Ga., Dodi Darrow Konigsmark and husband Andy and their children, Emmi Claire and Crew of Telluride, Colo.; and Caroline Darrow Collie and husband Mark and their children, Asher, Blake and Arabella, all of Washington; former wife, Claire Lewis Darrow of Washington; and his faithful dog, Buc.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the “Darrow Children’s College Fund” established for his grandchildren, C/O Church of the Good Shepherd, 2425 Market St. Ext., Washington, N.C. 27889.
Arrangements are by Paul Funeral Home and Crematory of Washington. Online condolences may be offered to the family or memorials may be made by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com.