George Willard Howell, Jr., 90, the beloved husband of Letty Mae Howell, went home to be with the Lord Friday morning, January 4, 2013, at Tidelands Community Hospice House.

The life story of THE MAN, affectionately known as George, began on September 28, 1922, in Horry County, SC, when born to the family of George Willard Howell, Sr. and Laura Ruth Martin Howell.  He lived his early years in the Bucksport community.  He was 1941 graduate of Conway High School.  In 1942, he was drafted by United States Army and served in the Third Armored Division during World War II.  After a two year tour of duty the war ended.  At the time of his discharge, Sgt. Howell had received numerous awards, service medals, and commendations including the Bronze Star for Valor during the invasion of Normandy.  When he turned home he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve.  In 1947, he graduated from the Draughon’s Business College in Columbia.  After graduation he was employed by Sampit Furniture of Georgetown; in 1951 went to work at West Chevrolet for 17 years, and retired as Vice President of Finance from Andrews Wire after 18 years of service. 

The acceptance of THE MANTLE for George began as a child being raised in a Minister’s home.  His family’s spiritual labors were not only pastoring, but traveling and singing the “Gospel Message” for many years.  Over the years, accompanied by his wife and singing partner, the Howells have sung with Edna Pope, Italy and Letha Cribb, Dozier Hearl, and their beloved daughter and son, June and Jim Causey.  After marrying Letty Mae, they joined the Georgetown Pentecostal Holiness Church where he served over the years as song director, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent.  Continuing under the Mantle, George used his musical talent for over 25 years as music director and as a successful businessman, served on the SCPH Church Conference Committee.  He was currently a member of the Maryville Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Even in the difficult years from declining health, George Howell always had a song.  The last song he ever sung in public was “It Is Well With My Soul.”

George and Letty Mae were married on June 17, 1950, and celebrated 62 years together.  Their home was blessed with: a daughter, June (Jim) Causey; a grandson, Jared (Cherrel) Causey; and two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Causey and Alex Causey.  He also leaves behind:  a brother, Kelly P. Howell.   

He was predeceased by: his parents, and two sisters, Mignonette Harrelson and Nina Richardson.

A Celebration of Life with Military Honors and with Recognition of Distinguished Christian Service will be 3 PM, Sunday, January 5, 2013, at the Georgetown Assembly of God.  

Interment with Committal Ceremony will be 5 PM Sunday following the service in the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 5-8 PM, Saturday, January 4, 2013, in the sanctuary of Georgetown Assembly of God. 

McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Howell family.  

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