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John "Louis" H Howell

June 24, 1951 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

John "Louis" Howell Obituary

Funeral services will be 1:30 pm, Sunday, January 28, 2024 at Langrum Branch Baptist Church in York, SC with Rev. Richard Pickering officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 1:30 prior to the service.

Early Saturday morning, January 20, 2024, God called home his son, John, and said "Job well done."

John Herbert (Louis) Howell was born June 24, 1951 in Pineville, SC to the late Rev. John Howell and Mother Rosa Lee Howell.  Louis attended J.K. Gourdine Elementary School, and later graduated from Russellville High School in 1970. After graduating, he began work at Ford Motor Company in Teaneck, New Jersey. While living in New Jersey, he followed his passions and attended Karate school, where he earned his black belt. This led to his successful teaching and training in martial arts. He would often be seen instructing and mentoring the youth and students in martial arts and defense training. Years later, he decided to move back to South Carolina and settled in Rock Hill, where he worked for many years at Wikoff. Always pursuing his passions, Louis enrolled in training school to become a certified HVAC technician. After earning his certification, he began operating his own business of Howell Heating and Cooling.

While living in Rock Hill, he never lost his faith and became a member of Langrum Branch Baptist Church, where he served as a faithful member and Usher until he could not anymore. John was creative, comical, multi-talented, suave, and simply "Cool." Often on any given day, you could find him with Carrie and his sisters, of course, eating and drinking coffee. Above all, he loved his entire family and especially his son and grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rosa Lee and John Howell; his brothers, Jobie and Henry Howell; brothers-in-law, Deacon James Judge, Greg Barnette and Bernard L. Hall; and a sister-in-law, Mozell Howell.

He leaves to cherish in memory his son, Kareem Howell of Jersey City, NJ; his grandchildren: Ashley (Hawaii), Jahvonna (Georgia), Kylen and Kylee (Jersey City); one great-grandchild, Hunter (Georgia); His brothers and sisters: Catherine (Rev. Ben) Gailliard of Rock Hill, SC, Ruthie Mae Judge of Jersey City, NJ, Corean Hall of York, SC, Kerney (Helena) Howell of Rock Hill, SC, Amanda (Rev. Timothy) Porter of Roselle, NJ, Carrie Barnette of Rock Hill, SC, Kenneth (Vickie) Ravenell of Texas; a sister-in-law, Deloris Howell of Pineville, SC; a special friend, Tanya of Rock Hill, SC; and a whole host of nieces and nephews.

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January 28, 2024

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Langrum Branch Baptist Church
1500 McFarland Road
York, SC 29745

Funeral Service
January 28, 2024

1:30 PM
Langrum Branch Baptist Church
1500 McFarland Road
York, SC 29745


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