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George Lee Howell, 92

George Lee Howell, 92

George Lee Howell, age 92, of Hooper's Creek went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Goldsboro on July 26, 1922, the son of the late Moody Ashley and Cova Bagwell Howell. In addition to his parents, Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Florence Glaspy Howell; his three sisters, Mildred Williams, Margaret Melton, and John Ann Barnhill; as well as by his brother, W.D. "Dub" Howell.

Mr. Howell and his family moved to the Hooper's Creek community when he was 16 years old and he was a graduate of Fletcher High School. He was an independent truck driver for North State Motor Lines for 30 years and he was employed for 20 years with Fletcher Chevrolet and BMW Dealership as their first BMW automotive technician. Even after his retirement he continued to and enjoyed helping the dealership by driving the courtesy vehicle as well as picking up and delivering parts, often faster than any one else. He served as the Registrar of the Board of Elections in the Hooper's Creek community for many years.

Mr. Howell always had a positive attitude; he never met a stranger and would always help anyone in need. He was a hard worker throughout his life and was a loving and devoted father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. He always believed in and encouraged each of his children and each member of his family. He loved to tinker and was an avid hunter. He loved the Lord, little babies, horses and animals, and he enjoyed cars, trucks, and NASCAR, as long as they were Chevrolet's or BMW's. He always enjoyed Sirius XM radio listening to Willie's Roadhouse. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his four children, Vera Paris and her husband, Virgil of Flat Rock, Dennis Howell and his wife, Sue of Hendersonville, Donna Vance and her husband, Dan of Fletcher, Keith Howell of Fletcher; his brother, Kenneth Howell and his wife, Pat of Princeton; his seven grandchildren, Jamie Worthy (Roger), Lorna Ramsey (David), Denise Beasley (Chad) all of Hendersonville, Cindy Meyers (Ken) of Candler, Alan Reaves (Selena) of Sims, NC, Denise Riddle (Andrew) of Flat Rock, Brandon Paris (Shannon) of Asheville; eight great-grandchildren, Anthony Kerr, Ryan Worthy (Brooke), Haley Leeke, Ella Riddle, Lillian Riddle, Abbie Kate Riddle, Alicia Claire Riddle, Brittany Bennett Poythress (Thomas); and his great-great-grandson, Mason Worthy.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 in the Mausoleum Chapel of Shepherd Memorial Park with the Reverend Donnie Walker. Burial will follow the service in Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in George's memory be directed to Vocational Solutions, 2110 Spartanburg Highway, East Flat Rock, NC 28726 or to UNC Public Television, P.O. Box 600067 Raleigh, NC 27675.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements