William Gerald Howell, age 67, passed away peacefully at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Zeke and Edna Eakes Howell. Gerald was a well-known farmer and member of Patetown Fire Department as well as a Veteran of the US Army Reserves.
A service to celebrate Gerald’s life will be held Thursday at 3:00 pm at the graveside located in the Pee Dee Howell Cemetery. The family request that everyone wear casual clothing to the service. Family members will greet friends Wednesday evening beginning at 5:00 pm at the residence.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Deborah I. Howell; his son, Willie Howell and wife, Thesia; his daughter, Dana Howell Pate and her husband, T Pate; his grandchildren, Joshua Lancaster, Riley Lancaster, Sarah Howell and Anna Howell; his special sons, Timmy Sasser, Pate Sasser and Marcial Felipe; his brother, Jimmy Ray Howell; his sister, Betty Carol Thatcher-Daw; and numerous special friends, that frequently stopped by the farm shop.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Patetown Fire Department, 3463 NC 111, Goldsboro, NC 27534.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Howell family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com
Wednesday December 6th, 2017
1534 NC Hwy 111 North
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Pee Dee Howell Cemetery
Thursday December 7th, 2017
1026 Stoney Creek Church Rd.
Goldsboro, NC 27534
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Heartbroken to hear the news of Gerald Howell's passing & praying for God's peace and comfort for Deborah and all of the Howell family and loved ones. He was a kind and generous man & will be missed by so many in the Patetown community.
Submitted by Adrienne & David Bizzell on Dec 8 2017 01:02:47 AM
Please accept my sincerest condolences during this very sad time for you and your family. May happy memories bring you comfort during this time of sorrow. You and your family are in my prayers.
Submitted by Ada Jean Woodard on Dec 7 2017 12:18:37 PM
Deborah...keeping you and Willie and Dana and their families in my thoughts during this most difficult of times. Gerald always had such an engaging smile~~you just had to smile with him! I will light a candle in his honor tomorrow evening. Love and light to you all.
Submitted by Cherry Kay Lancaster Bailey on Dec 7 2017 01:29:39 AM
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Cherry Kay Lancaster Bailey lit a candle on Dec 7 2017 01:28:48 AM
My hearts goes out to the family. I have known Gerald over 40 years. He was a good friend and will be truly missed. Buck Hare
Submitted by Buck Hare on Dec 6 2017 12:45:30 PM
I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of Gerald Howell. I have amazing memories as a child of spending time with him on the farm. He will be missed. The Howell family is in my thoughts.
Submitted by Chris Mathews on Dec 6 2017 10:38:08 AM
Chris Mathews lit a candle for W. Gerald Howell
Chris Mathews lit a candle on Dec 6 2017 10:37:09 AM
So sorry for your lost we are keeping you in our prays. He will be missed.
Gary and Donnie Busdieker
Submitted by Gary and Donnie Busdieker on Dec 5 2017 09:29:52 PM
Gary and Donnie Busdieker lit a candle for W. Gerald Howell
Gary and Donnie Busdieker lit a candle on Dec 5 2017 09:28:58 PM
So sorry. Praying for y’all.
Submitted by Eric & Niki Hooks on Dec 5 2017 08:09:21 PM
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