John William "Bill" Howell
1942 - 2021
John William "Bill" Howell

July 25, 1942 - January 11, 2021

John William "Bill" Howell was born in Bedford, on July 25, 1942, to the late Hessie Vivian Payne and Jeter Carl Howell; and grandparents, the late Johnnie and Elberry Mitchell Payne and William Bailey and Lura Plymall Howell.

Bill grew up in Huddleston on his parent's dairy farm. He graduated from Huddleston High School in 1960. He attended Ferrum College and received his BA from BYU and his MBA from University of Lynchburg.

John worked his entire career as a Computer Systems Analyst, beginning in 1966 with McDonald Douglas in St. Louis, Mo. retiring from Grief in 2008.

John was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John held many administrative positions in the church through the years. He and Evelyn served a twelve-month (2010-2011) mission in Missouri at the Independence Visitors Center and the Historic Liberty Jail. He enjoyed traveling and especially researching his family history and dancing at New London and Glenwood with his wife.

He is survived by his dear wife of 25 years, Evelyn Coleman (Garrett) Howell; three sons, David Nathan Howell (Karina) of Lehi, Utah, Duane William Howell (Teresa) of Madison Heights, and Damon Michael Howell of North Carolina; a daughter, Kristi Lynn Howell (Bryan Meyers) of Portland, Ore.; Evelyn's daughters, Bernadine Mae Garrett of Appomattox, and Christie Jennie Garrett Russell (Ryan) of Clarksville; son-in-law, Fleming Moore; brother, Kenneth Jeter Howell (Margaret) of Huddleston; special cousins, Sandra Howell Gibson (Wayne) of Gretna, and Jimmie Martin (Carolyn) of Lynchburg; brother-in-law, Warren A. Coleman (Ruth Ann) of Spout Spring; two aunts, Carol Howell Willard of Richmond, and Catherine Howell of Lynch Station; 14 grandchildren, Calvin, Gabriela, and Luke Howell, Jacqueline, Logan and Victoria Howell, Jordan Moore Sparnorft (David), Taylor Moore Shupe (Sky), Caedmon, Justin, Athan, Holland, Braeden and Aryn Russell; and great-granddaughters, Mattie Belle and Caroline Shupe and Liesl Sparnorf. He was predeceased by Evelyn's daughter, Martha Garrett Moore.

A celebration of John's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints with Bishop Rudy Wolf presiding.

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Published by The News & Advance on Jan. 15, 2021.
Celebration of Life
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Dear Evelyn, So sorry i just heard of John´s passing yesterday. Please let me know if you need me or the assistance of Chapter 16. We love your support and look forward to seeing you in the future
Judy Toler
January 23, 2021
Evelyn sorry for your loss we will be praying for you an d your family
Frank Smith
January 16, 2021
Evelyn so sorry to hear about John. I know he will be missed. Praying for you and family.
Patty Pollard
January 15, 2021
Dear Evelynn and family we are sad and shocked reading this message and sending our condoleances and praying that you will experience Gods comfort
January 15, 2021
Enjoyed working with John at Greif. So sorry for your loss.
Dick and Connie Ward
January 15, 2021