Billy Ray Yell

by Lynn McMillen
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Billy Ray Yell, 92, of Huntsville, AL, passed away on November 14, 2023. His funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Laughlin Service Funeral Home on Bob Wallace Ave. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. The burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery following the service.

Mr. Yell was born in Merrimack Village, Alabama, on January 9, 1931, to Charles E. Yell and Era Haynes Yell. He grew up in Merrimack and attended Joe Bradley School. He attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee.

He went to work at Thiokol Corporation on Redstone Arsenal in 1951 and worked there until retiring in 1991 as a Senior Engineer.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Widner Yell; and two brothers, Clarence Yell and James Yell.

He is survived by his son, Billy R. Yell II (wife, Susan) and two grandsons, Ryan F. Yell (wife, Sarah) and Evan W. Yell (wife, Meredith).

Mr. Yell was a faithful member of the Kelly Springs Road Church of Christ.

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