On Wednesday, November 8th, at the age of 94, our beloved daddy, Thurman Hendrix Howell, passed from this earth to his heavenly home. Although we grieve our loss, we rejoice that he is with Jesus, momma, Uncle Hollis, and his other family members who have gone on before him.
Thurman was born to Hillard Hubert and Mary Kate (Keel) Howell on August 22, 1929 in George County, Mississippi. He was the firstborn of nine children who were all raised in a log cabin.
In 1948, Thurman joined the United States Army to "get out of the cotton patch." He served his country as a senior wheel vehicle repairman in Korea. After being honorably discharged, he was able to attend college, the first in his family.
On August 18, 1956 he married his beautiful bride, Edna Cooper. They had five children and a blessed and happy life. They continually cared for and served others together. They honored their Lord and Savior by serving at and faithfully attending their church as long as they were able. They were married for 65 years before she preceded him in death.
Thurman was a teacher, coach, and principal. He became the first Drivers Education teacher for Mobile County Public Schools. He worked for the Alabama State Department of Transportation and ended his work career as the Transportation Superintendent for Mobile County Public Schools.
Thurman is probably best known for his pranks, jokes, and stories. He delighted in making others laugh, in spinning yarns, and in sharing memories. His brother, Hollis, was his best friend and there was no telling what the two of them together might do for a laugh and a little fun.
Thurman is survived by his five children, Paula (Wayne) Wolf, Cheryl Howell, Lisa (Michael) Baxter, Craig (Lisa) Howell, and Lori Vargas; 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, as well as 2 sisters, 2 brothers, nieces, nephews, and other family members.
A celebration of his life will be held at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Tuesday November 14th. Public visitation will be at 1:00 pm; followed by the funeral service in the chapel at 2:00 pm.