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Bobby Jack Howell's Obituary

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      • Sunset Memorial Park

      • 1700 Barrington Road
        Midland City, AL 36350

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Bobby Jack Howell, 74, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at his home in Midland City after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Howell was born on June 1, 1943 in Geneva County, Alabama to Relus Howell and Ruth Heath Howell.


An Enterprise, Alabama native, he graduated high school in Montgomery, Alabama and was an Air Force veteran having served during the Viet Nam Conflict. As an avid fisherman, he wrote numerous articles and columns for various publications and was known as “The Fishing Guy.” Bob was a talented brick mason having learned the trade from his father. He also worked as a deputy for the Houston County Sheriff Department. He was a member of College Avenue Church of Christ in Enterprise.


He was predeceased by his parents Ruth Howell and Relus Howell.


He is survived by his wife Gwendolyn Earnest Howell of Midland City; a daughter, Kecia Wilson and husband Seth of New Brockton; a son, Michael Sean Barnes and wife Kim of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; a brother, Glen Howell and wife Linda of Ruskin, Florida; a sister, Glenda Heft and husband Allyn of High Springs, Florida; 5 grandchildren, Jordan Gilley, Hadden Gilley and Summer Gilley of Dothan, Hailey Wilson and Hannah Wilson of New Brockton; 2 brothers-in-law, Marvin Earnest and wife Birdie of Auburn, GA and John Earnest of Blakely, GA; special friends, Jane and Bob Burgett of Millbrook, Alabama.


A memorial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in Midland City on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Mr. Ronnie Gilley and Rev Allen Monarch officiating. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to DaySpring Hospice, 201 West Lee St, Enterprise, AL, 36330.


The Howell family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Rafael Mayor, Dr. Thomas Brown, Dr. Hejal Patel and the staff of DaySpring Hospice.


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Deborah B Galloway

Gwen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's death. Praying for Peace, Comfort and Understanding during this most difficult time.

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Jane Burgett

Bobby, When I visited with you a few weeks ago, I knew that I was probably saying goodbye, yet I wished with all my heart that I would see you again soon, healthier and stronger. It didn't turn out as we all had hoped but it will happen when we meet again. Until that day, you will be missed by all of us who knew and loved you. Gwen, you have been his rock. God be with you and comfort you during this dark hour. You are loved. MJ

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Karla Carmichael and Russ Gibson

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He certainly had a long and hard fight to make live as long as possible. I know you are proud of his struggle to stay as long as he could. I am sure that you are equally glad that the struggle and the pain is over for him. However, that does not make his parting any easier or ease your own loneliness. Please know that you can text me or call me anytime you feel that you want to do so. I will remember you in my prayers.

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Rhonda Downing

Sympathy & condolences to you Gwen. Never met Bob but it was apparent you & he shared a wonderful life together. May the Lord hold you & grant you peace in knowing his battle is over & he has been made whole. Love & hugs!

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Sherril Howell Saulnier

Prayers of comfort to you Gwen and all the children and grandchildren. May God wrap you in his loving embrace. When we can't see God's plan, we must trust His heart. Fly high Bobby, you are with the angels now.

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Janet Sims

Gwen you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I ask that God will give you peace and comfort at this time. Bob will always be in our hearts and know we will be united again on that glorious day.

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Erin Seitzinger

Kecia, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers <3

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Bill and Jo Brooks

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Jeanie Hiers

Gwen, you and your family are in my prayers.

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Susie English Simpler

Praying for peace and comfort to all.

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Gil & Edna Esquivel

Gwen, you and Bob were new friends, but thoroughly enjoyed hearing about you and Bob's day to day lives and journeys online. The pictures, antidotes and family photos and happenings. We thought of you and Bob as family and will sadly miss all that we shared together online. I know we only met a hand full of times but they were enjoyable. As a fellow Fisherman, I look forward to you showing me the hot spots when we meet again in Heaven. Gwen I pray for God's Peace to envelope you and sustain you through these hard times. If ever you need an ear please email, PM or call. We loved you both.

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Bob Noland

I am so sorry for your lose Gwen. Put it all Gods hands now and he will bless you

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Dean Datel

I am deeply sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I too lost my husband at the same age from end stage Alzheimer's. I pray for peace in your life as well as your children's lives. Your memorial video was absolutely beautiful and deeply touched my heart. I can't promise it will get easier because it has been 12 years and the pain is still there just not as intense. As you know we will live on our memories. God Bless You.

Dean Datel
San Antonio, Texas

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Lynn Adams

Bob and i share the same illness. I met Bob in 1998 when i was only 34 and confined to a bed. We hit it off and he got in bed with me for pictures. From then on i was his girlfriend. Bob is in my nationwide book.
I had the privilege of going to his house for his last Christmas. I showed up at his door and when he opened it he fell right over. I played Santa and brought goodies and gifts. Bob forever changed my heart.
I miss him already. Love Lynn Adams

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Haven Gibbs

Gwen, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your best friend and life partner. I can only imagine how lost you must feel. I am praying for you to find peace in your memories and remember the love, knowing that love never dies.

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