May 21, 1907 ~ May 1, 2000

Born in: Haywood Co., NC,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Fred A. Howell, 92, of Candler, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at the home of his daughter, Kathy Willis, in Zirconia.

Mr. Howell was born in Haywood County and raised in Shoal Creek Jackson County. He was the son of the late Belle and Jerry Howell and was the second oldest of six brothers and five sisters. In his youth he worked as a car mechanic and helper to his carpenter father. Like many of that time he was largely self educated, having studied the machinist’s art, ferrous metalurgy, and industrial management.

In 1931 he went to work for American Enka where he stayed for 41 years, and ran their engineering development shop. He was a long time active member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church in Candler.

He is survived by his wife of more than 70 years, Hilda “Nig” Leatherwood Howell; two daughters, Judy Turner of Chattanooga, TN and Kathy Willis of Zirconia; two sons-in-law, Carroll Turner and Candler Willis; four grandchildren, Susan Turner of Chatanooga, Evan Turner and his wife Paige of Chatanooga, Amy Willis of Zirconia and Maybre Willis of Knoxville, TN.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday at Montmorenci United Methodist Church with the Revs. Terry Duckworth and Christina Condit officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

His family will receive friends at a luncheon in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Montmorenci United Methodist Church, PO Box 610, Candler, NC 28715.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

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