William Henry Gann Howell, Sr., 85, went home to his Lord and Savior on Feb. 21, 2019.
Bill, as he was known to his family and friends, is survived by his wife Ruby Howell; his children Lee Howell and wife Kathleen, Terri Howell, Robert (Bobby) Howell and Kathleen Massey, Sabra Ferguson and husband Mike, Ashli Gobert, William H.G. Howell Jr. and wife Misty, Jennifer Hammond and husband Phil, Kenneth Hands and wife Lisa, Harold Hands and wife Carolina, John Drake and wife Carol, and Dovie Postel; caretaker and friend Joyce (Happy) Ross; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Velma Gann Howell; and his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Michael Belotti.
Bill was born on Oct. 17, 1933, in Peekskill, N.Y., and graduated from Peekskill High School in 1951. He served in the Air Force during The Korean War from 1952 to 1956, earning the Good Conduct and ND service medals. He was inducted to The State Bar of Texas in 1964, practicing many types of law, but specializing in criminal law, which he continued to practice up to his death.
Bill spent his life in the service of others. He was proud to be a member of the Eastwood Masonic Lodge in Houston. He held membership in numerous other benevolent organizations including the Elks Lodge in Crockett, The American Legion in Madisonville, where he held numerous leadership roles, including Post and District Commander, The Lions Club International and The Shriners.
Pallbearers include Chad Bell, Michael Ferguson Jr., Harold Hands, Kenneth Hands, Derrol Ranzau and Patrick Wiley. Honorary pallbearers include Mike Ferguson Sr., William H.G. Howell Jr., Robert (Bobby) Howell and Lee Howell.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Christ Chapel Baptist Church in Midway, with Dr. Simon Goncharenko officating. The burial will follow at Elwood Cemetery. The visitation is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, from 5-8 p.m. at Day Funeral Home Chapel in Madisonville.
Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends, who leave you with his catchphrase, “You can beat the wrap, but you can’t beat the ride.”