James Robert Howell
James Robert Howell
  • October 26, 1944 - January 15, 2017
  • Gadsden, Alabama

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Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Collier-Butler Chapel for James Robert "Bobby" Howell, age 72, of Gadsden, who passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. Rev. Robert Thornton, Rev. Albert Morgan, Rev. James O. Wallace, and special friend and Pastor Rev. John Richey will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services is directing.
Mr. Howell retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 39 years of service. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Although, Fairview Baptist Church was his home church and where he was saved and baptized. He served as a Deacon at both Northside Baptist Church and Fairview Baptist Church. His favorite song was by Fairview Baptist Church Choir "The King is Coming"
Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lottie Howell; son, Jeffrey Scott Howell; brother, Thomas (Sue) Howell; father and mother-in-law, Rev. John Richey and Josephine; brother-in-law, Charles "Charlie" Richey; and sister-in-law, Lisa Hensley.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Glenda Richey Howell; precious daughter, Rachel Farley and son-in-law, Justin Farley; grandson, Logan (Allyssia) Howell; the love of his life his granddaughter, Alexandria Farley; great-grandchildren, Lillian Grace, Chloe Jane, and Alexander Scott Howell; sisters, Carol (Joe) Foster, and Amy Smith; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, JoAnn (Jimmy) Daniel, John (Diane) Richey, Paula Richey, Judy (Johnny) Rogers, Jeanne Richey, Mark Richey, David (Judy) Richey, Michael Richey, Cheryl (Chris) Harris, and Tim Richey; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Franklin Brewer, Duane Hopper, James Golden, Justin Farley, Johnny Rogers, and Jarrid Traylor.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert Barnes, Steve Minton, Joe Stone, T.R. Smith, and all employees who worked on the Goodyear truck side with Bobby.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Etowah Baptist Missions Center.
Special thanks to Etowah Pulmonary and Dr. Castillo and staff; Amedisys Home Health; Kristie Seals; nurses and staff of 7th and 8th floors at Gadsden Regional Medical Center; and MICU.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Online condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.