Jimmie Howell

Jimmie Hoyt "Jim" Howell

Friday, July 30th, 1948 - Monday, November 9th, 2020
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Fire Chief Jimmie Howell 72, of Lake Lure, passed away on November 9, 2020.

Jimmie was born in Rocky Mount, NC to the late Reverend Ernest Howell and Rosie Lee Batts Howell.

Jimmie was a devoted member of Bill’s Creek Baptist Church and served as Church Moderator and Trustee for many years. Jimmie also served as the Bill’s Creek Fire Department Fire Chief in Lake Lure, NC for more than 35 years. Jimmie served in the United States Navy and he worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for Fox Run Properties/VRI for 24 years. Prior to working for Fox Run, Jimmie worked as a building contractor for many years.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years Jane Howell; sons, Jammie Howell (Monica) of Lake Lure, Jay Howell (Kelly) of Lake Lure; his sisters Dell Garner of Hickory, Ernestine Henderson of Chesnee, SC, Ruth Dark of Greensboro, Susan Dortch of Franklin, KY. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cameron Howell, Tiffany Barker, Justin Barker, Houston Howell and Logan Loiacono. Jimmie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Jimmie was preceded in death by his sister Judith Lee Howell Blackwell.

A graveside service is planned for Monday, November 16, 2020, 2PM at Bills Creek Baptist Church, 1475 Bill’s Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746 with the Rev. Gary Garner, Rev. Darold Crawford, and Rev. Anton Roos officiating. Chief Howell will lie in state from 10AM-1Pm at the Bills Creek Fire Department before the service, 1184 Bill’s Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bill’s Creek Fire Department, 1184 Bill’s Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746 or Bill’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1475 Bill’s Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746.

Face coverings and social distancing are requested.

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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 2:00pm
    Bills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    1475 Bills Creek Road
    Lake Lure, NC 28746
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family ask everyone to observe social distancing and wear a face covering.
    Rev. Gary Garner, Rev. Darold Crawford
    Rev. Anton Roos
  • Interment

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 2:00pm
    Bills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
    1475 Bills Creek Road
    Lake Lure, North Carolina 28746
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Alicia Guidera

Posted at 01:31pm
Jimmie was one of the 1st persons I met when I moved to lake lure nc, Bill's creek community in 1985. I had purchased my home and needed extensive remodeling turning my basement into a livable area. Jimmie was my choice of builder's, he and his partner did an outstanding job and jimmie always knew my payday every Friday, he would always pay me a visit, LOL. Jimmie also was in the EMS that frequently came to my home when my son was sick and many times for my own health. Always giving his time and smile to this community. Always had time, in time of need. Surely, one of a kind human being. It was only fitting that he was honored by so many, because he gave so much. Rest in peace, JIMMIE HOYT HOWELL, we will all miss that smiling face. Alicia Guidera and family

Alicia Guidera

Posted at 09:04pm

Ronald S. Ruppe

Posted at 11:31pm
We were so sorry to hear of Jim's death. He was a great man and a good friend. He will be missed by all. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bet he gets a ball team started up them.....I'll join him one day.
Steve and Ginger Ruppe

Barbara McCurry

Posted at 03:25pm
Jimmie was a long time friend from Lake Lure School days. My prayers are with the family.
Barbara McCurry

Travis Beaver

Posted at 06:44am
Jamie, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He was a great firefighter and chief, he will be truly missed in the fire service. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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