He was a fine Southern gentleman. I enjoyed sitting in on his Southern Lit class many semesters ago. Thank you, Dr. Howell. Mary Stagg
I was happy to have someone as good as he in a nearby office in the English Building. Charles Stagg
I'm so very sorry for your loss. You're family is in my prayers. Celebrate his wonderful life and the great times you spent together.
In grateful memory of and thanksgiving for my friend, the professor and poet Dr. Elmo Howell, I offer these words from the heart and pen of another:
THE FUTURE LIFE
For half a century I have been translating my thoughts into prose and verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, and song; all of these have I tried. But I feel that I haven't given utterance to the thousandth part of what lies within me. When I go to the grave, I can say as others have said, 'My day's work is done.' But I cannot say, 'My life is done.' My day's work will recommence the next morning.
The tomb is not a blind alley. It is a thoroughfare. It closes upon the twilight, but opens upon the dawn.
-Victor Hugo (1772-1821)
Carolyn Fitzgerald Rodgers
It was with great sadness that I discovered the death of Dr. Howell. I had the honor of having 3 English literature classes under his amazing instruction. My favorite was the Southern literature course. My daughter is a senior at Ole Miss and I always think about his fondness for the school. He was truly a Southern gentleman and his family has my deepest sympathy.
Dr. Howell was my favorite teacher when I attended Memphis State in the 70s. His passion for literature was inspiring and it is not overstating things to say that the life I have made for myself--writer, bookseller--is partially due to him. I was honored to know him after school as well by selling his numerous books through my bookstore. Rest in peace, Dr. Howell. You are missed.