Rudy Howell

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  • "May God and treasured memories comfort the Howell family. ..."
  • "My condolences Mrs Howell to you and your family.John 5:28"
    - JS

"Rudy" APPLING, Ga. - February 19, 2016, Leonard "Rudy" Howell passed after an extended illness. Born May, 19, 1925, Rudy was 90 years old. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Myrtis A. Howell; his beloved daughter, Elizabeth H. Nordan (Robert G.); son, Paul M. Howell; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceding in death were his sons, David Howell and Leonard R. Howell III. "Rudy" lived a long and complete life, touching many in his walk. He joined the Army Air Force in 1944, and served as Navigator in the 389th Bomb Group based in Hethel England. His service extended a total of 29 years in the USAF, and he retired as Lt. Col. in 1972. While in service, he received his PhD in Mathematics from Florida State University in 1964. Upon retiring from the USAF, he settled in Brooks County, Georgia on a farm that he had bought in 1963. He loved his time on the farm, but could not remain retired. He joined the University of Georgia system as Mathematics and Computer Science Instructor at Valdosta State College where he taught an additional 10 years. After leaving Valdosta State, he taught at a local private school (Valwood) for a brief time and then ultimately retired. Rudy and Myrtis loved to travel, and their retirement years saw them visit not only all 50 states, but all 7 continents. Finally, Rudy was the most devout student and servant of God. His entire life was focused on his faith and service to God, and God's church, and many will remember him as a Sunday School teacher and active member in his church at the time. This defined the man. As his family mourns the loss of our Patriarch, we are assured we will see him in the presence of God. If so desired, memorials may be made to The Heritage League at www.heritageleague.org. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Powell Baptist Church with the Dr. Randall Whitaker and the Rev. Robert G. Nordan officiating. Mr. Howell will be conveyed to Carson-McLane Funeral Home in Valdosta, GA. Please visit www. starling-evans.com to sign online guestbook. Starling-Evans Funeral Home, 435 W. Milledgeville Rd., Harlem, GA 30814. 706-556-6524


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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Feb. 20, 2016
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