Troopers statewide are in mourning after Honorary Trooper Howell Brown, III. passed away Friday, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. According to Troopers, Howell was known for his smile and his spirit. Highway Patrol says after being inducted, Howell immediately became a member of the Patrol family, often spending time with troopers on and off duty. He served as an inspiration to many, never allowing his medical condition to deter his positive outlook. Never wavering from opportunity, Howell accompanied Troopers to several events, including the NC State Fair and an entire 18-hole game of golf. "Howell provided an example for each of us to live by", said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. "Although he is no longer with us, we will never forget the positive influence he provided for so many." A funeral service has been scheduled to take place at Duke Chapel in Durham followed by a private burial. The State Highway Patrol's Honor Guard will provide full honors during the service, along with remarks provided by Col. Glenn McNeill Jr.