Lewis Hayward Howell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Lewis Hayward Howell, 77, of North Augusta entered into rest on April 30, 2007. Mr. Howell and his twin brother were the last of 12 children born to the late Lawton Lanier and Debbie Lowery Howell. He was born in Laurens County, Ga. in the community of Cedar Grove. At the age of 15, he moved to Brunswick, Ga. with his aunt and uncle who raised him after his mother died when he was six weeks old. He was a graduate of Glynn Academy High School and Palmer Business College. In 1953 he moved with his wife and children to North Augusta and began employment with Savannah River Plant (Dupont). He would later be employed in the banking industry and in the textile industry. He retired from Bankers First. Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, June C. Howell and 10 brothers and sisters. His aunt and uncle who raised him are deceased also. He is survived by a daughter, Pamela H. McPeake of Augusta, Ga., stepdaughters, Gail C. (Richard, Sr.) Foreman of Beech Island, S.C., and Sandra J. Carroll of Laurel, Md. Mr. Howell is also survived by a sister, Euldine (Sam) Previti of Boca Raton, Fla.; 8 step- grandchildren, Tom (Susan) Folk, Rick (Anne) Folk, Jackie (Steven) Budd all of North Augusta, Stacy (Keith) Windsor of Mooresville, N.C., Bruce (Janet) Bates of Aiken, Woody (Cindy) Bates of Graniteville, Marcie (Eucial) Parral of Evansville, Ind., and Melody Carnell of Laurel, Md.; 20 great-step- grandchildren and 17 great-great- step-grandchildren. Mr. Howell loved cooking, dancing, playing the piano and organ, gardening, southern gospel music and up until several years ago was an excellent skater. There are many, many people who were privileged to eat his 'cathead' biscuits and chocolate sheet cake. We'll miss our 'gourmet' cook. The light of his life, however, was his precious daughter, Pam, who stole his heart from the moment she was born. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Rowland Funeral home at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2007 with Dr. Barry Thompson and Rev. Jackie Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and following the service. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Foundation, P.O. Box 3986, Augusta, Ga. 30914. The family would like to take this opportunity also to thank the wonderful staff at St. Joseph Hospice for the loving care given to Mr. Howell over the past year and a half and our own 'special nurse,' Anne Folk. As his family we would also like to thank and express our love to family members Gladys Lowery, Betty Wiggins, Atha Howell, Ron and Sue Rondo, and friends Tommy Tucker, Ken McKenny, Warren Carter, Morris Scott, Jerry Ryfinski, Dr. and Mrs. Barry Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cox, Mrs. Cris Burton, and 'Mr. Kitty Walker'. The family will be at the residence of his daughter, Ms. Pam McPeake, 3318 W. Thread Needle Rd., Augusta, Ga. Visit the online registry at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com . Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-May 2, 2007