Billy Joe Royal
Final Resting Place:
2730 Myrtle Street
Morehead City, North Carolina, 28557
Grave Location:Plot 164
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery drive straight ahead and make a left at the second paved road. Park at the third tree on your right and walk to the edge of the cemetery on your right. Look three rows from the back for singer Billy Joe Royal.
Grave Location GPS34.7294439, -76.7386809
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