Gene Francis Howell, 81, of Marshall, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at his home.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Slater City Cemetery in Slater, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Memorials may be made to Slater High School Alumni or Malta Bend School Computer Fund. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born July 11, 1929, three miles southeast of Gilliam, he was the son of the late William Forrest Howell and Florence Margaret Shepard Howell. Five years later his family moved six miles north of Slater where he attended Walker School for eight years and became a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. He then moved to Slater and attended four years of high school. In his senior year he worked for the City of Slater, Safeway Grocery Store and started at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where he was employed for 38 years, retiring on Feb. 2, 1985. In October of 1949, he married Doris Jean Epperson who survives of rural Marshall. He later married Peggy Mace who preceded him in death. Starting his employment with Southwestern Bell as a janitor in Slater, he later became an unlocated lineman, then in Marshall an installer, a central office repairman, and a wire chief. He was promoted to chief testboardman in Sedalia and from there went to Springfield as a plant records supervisor, accounting supervisor, service foreman and a network staff supervisor of transmission. In 1979, he was transferred to Kansas City as a network staff supervisor in charge of the plug-in inventory control system and later promoted to network maintenance. He retired as a database manager of one of the largest computers in the telephone company in Missouri at that time.
Additional survivors include two daughters, Denise Kay Howell of rural Marshall and Diann Lea Sullivan and her husband, Steve, of rural Marshall; two granddaughters, Debbie Kiser and her husband, Giles, and Angela Lemmon and her husband, Zach; and four great-grandchildren, Dakota, Danielle and Colton Kiser and Kenna Lemmon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Deborah Ann Howell, one son, Daniel Jay Howell, and his second wife, Peggy.
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