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William (Billy) Ray Talbert

William (Billy) Ray Talbert, 65, of Kings Mountain, NC, passed away on May 31, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Gaston County, NC, son of the late Raymond and Grace Allen Talbert. Billy worked in the transportation industry for more than forty years and has driven trucks for Consolidated Freight, J.E. Herndon, and finally retiring from USF Holland. He always had a love for riding motorcycles. In 1976 at the age of seventeen, Billy joined the Windjammers Motorcycle Club. He was a member until 2006 and during his tenure served as president numerous times. Billy had a love for volunteering and helped initiate the Cleveland County Children's Homes Toy Run that the Windjammers still continue every year. In 1998, under Billy's leadership, the Windjammers were awarded the Governor's Award for the volunteer work they are still known for. Billy loved to travel and ride his motorcycle. He and Mike Causby loved to compete in BBQ competitions. Their team, "Billy T and the Jammers", were known for BBQ chicken, smoked turkeys, and the many awards won during the competitions. Billy loved his family and many friends deeply. His wisdom and compassion will be missed greatly by everyone who knew and loved him.

SURVIVORS: Daughter: Britt Harrelson and husband Justin, and their children: Samantha, Tyler, and Dakota, Kings Mountain, NC

Sister: Jane Talbert, Kings Mountain, NC

Former Wife: Deniece Talbert

Longtime Friends: Charles Ruppe, Mike Causby and Tony Randle, along with a host of other close friends

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM in the Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Rob Patrick officiating

VISITATION: Friday, June 4, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harris Funeral Home

INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery

MEMORIALS: Memorials in Billy's memory can be made to the Cleveland County Children's Homes at 1300 Gidney Street, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Hospice of Cleveland County at 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150



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