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MARTINSVILLE - James Wesley Howell passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Born and raised in Hampton, James worked in construction, as a foreman, before moving to Martinsville in 1998. He was also a member of the Carpenter's Union.
James was preceded in death by his son, James L. Howell; and brother, Buddy Howell.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Ann Howell; sons, Joseph William "AKA Willie" Howell and his wife, Jackie of Rockwell, N.C., and Ricky Lee Howell of Salisbury, N.C.; sisters, Betty Goode and Rose Hogge; brothers, Joe A. Howell and Elwood Howell of Hampton; grandchildren, Amanda Lynn Steppert and James Daniel Howell; and great-granddaughter, Emma Luan Sanders.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, in downtown Hampton. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave., in Hampton, 757-723-3191. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2011
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