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Timothy Lee Howell

April 19, 1971 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 49)


On January 7,2021 First sergeant Timothy “Lee” Howell lost his battle with Covid after 2 months of fighting.  He fought the fight like a warrior.  As sick as he was, he still managed to leave a mark on the hearts of everyone that crossed his path.

Lee was proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lena and Lafayette (LF) Howell.  These two spent the later part of their lives catering to every whine and whimper that Lee had.  His maternal grandparents JaGold, and Lucy Stroud.  His father, Kenneth Howell, passed away on August 9th of last year.  Lee was an absolute daddy’s boy in every way, shape, and form.  He has missed his dad so much since he left this earthly world.  We find peace knowing he is more than likely already fishing with his dad.

Lee is survived by his mother, Burma Stroud Howell.  He adored his mother in every way.  He always made sure she was happy and had everything she needed.  Brother, Lyn Howell, who even though he was seven years older, Lee always insisted he was right in every way.  His oldest daughter, Bailey Owens, and husband Kyle. Kyle is more like a son because he and Bailey have been together for almost half of their lives.  Bailey was Lee’s first born and they had always shared a special bond.  Now he is in heaven holding Lawson Owen’s, his grandson, and preparing him to take on the world.  Lees youngest daughter Olivia Howell (LIV), is his quiet, smart, loving, sassy, creative beauty.  She was born to move mountains, and he was so very proud of her.  His fiancée Krystal Gray, who he loved dearly.  He had never been happier than he was when he was with her.  Special daughter Emma Westbrook, who he took in as his own, treated her like she was his and did not have to.  Lee had many aunts and uncles whom he loved so very much.  Each and every one of them held a very special place in his beautiful heart.  Special friends Fredrick “frog” Rhodes, Charles Colie, and Terry “termite” Swinson, who joined lee in his most favorite past time, deer hunting.  Lee loved to hunt better than anything in the world.  It made him so happy to get out early in the morning and turn a dog out on a deer. 

We cannot forget his Highway Patrol family.  The men and women who help shape and mold him into the person he was until his last day.  He was very proud to be a part of their family.

To know Lee was to know someone that in 2 minutes could break you down and build you back up.  He was a leader, a follower, a father, a brother, a son, and a love.  Our lives are forever changed.  For the rest of our lives, we will live to the best of our abilities like he has taught us.  We know in our hearts that he has us, “covered like the frost”. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Sandy Bottom Fire Department.

Howard-Carter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers contact the family to donate to the college fund of Lee's unborn grandchild Lawson Owens.


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