Shelby Howell Jr.

Shelby Howell Jr. PLAINVIEW-Shelby Howell Jr., 92, of Plainview died on Monday, April 22, 2013. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Kornerstone Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will follow in Plainview Memorial Park under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors Chapel. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 25, 2013, at the funeral home. Shelby was born on Nov. 6, 1920, to Shelby and Della Howell in Merkel, Texas. In 1937 he graduated as valedictorian from LaMesa High School. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University and received a mechanical engineering degree in 1942. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served with the 7th armored division as a company commander in the European Theatre. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for Valor. He founded Excel Hybrid Seed Company in 1960. He was a successful farmer in Hale and Swisher County for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a proud member of the Texas A&M ex-student association and a fighting Texas Aggie to the end. Gig'em! He is survived by his wife, Faye Howell of Plainview, Texas; one son, Richard Howell of Brownsville, Texas; three grandchildren, Rachel Smith of New Braunfels, Sarah Godat of Dallas, Texas, and Michael Howell of Dallas, Texas; and one great-grandbaby, Duncan Smith. Online condolences may be made at

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 25, 2013