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Pond Hill Cemetery
Friday March 27th, 2020
12:00pm - 3:00pm

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Kenneth Thurman Howell

KENNETH "KEN" THURMAN HOWELL,  age 88 of Englewood, Tn. passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens,  He was born in 1931 near Burgess Falls in White County, Tn. , a son of the late Ray and Ova Howell and preceded in death by his lovely wife: Berta Mildred Howell, two sisters: Jessie Lee and husband Raymond, Nellie Fern Howell,  two brothers: Ray Thomas Howell, and William Herman (Bill) Howell and infant sister: Vera Marie . He attended Coles Chapel Grade School and White County High School. After receiving his draft notice for his induction during the Korean War he joined the U.S. Air Force. His service included training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Tx. and three plus years in England at Upper Heyford Air Force base. After his service he worked at Detroit Diesel, General Motors before retiring to the Athens area. Ken was an active member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Council in Knoxville. Also a member of McMinn Senior Activity Center, Athens and of the Visually Impaired Services (VIS) in Crossville, Tn. Ken attended Sewee Church of God.
Survivors: Two Sisters and Brother-in-law: Wilma Boylin and Laverne and Bryant Fuqua both of Nashville, Tn.  many nieces and nephews including those from the Athens area:  Jerry and Wife: Velva Howell, and  Karen and Husband: Doug Burrell.  And not to be forgotten his good friend of recent years: Jo Anne Lewandowski.  Ken had a great love for his extended family.
The funeral service will be private and a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date at Sewee Church of God with Pastor Linda Parton officiating. Interment will be in Rice Cemetery in Burgess Falls in White County, Tn. with Mark Howell officiating. Condolences may be sent to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Kenneth-Howell.  A video of the service will be available on Saturday on Laycock Hobbs Funeral Home Facebook Page.

Family and friends may come by the funeral home  from 12:00 Noon till 3:00 P.M. Friday to sign the book.

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tn. in charge of arrangements.  


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Betty and Ronnie will surely miss Ken. We dearly loved him and Ken was a great friend.

Ronnie Albert Mar 30 2020 12:00 AM

Remembering the first time we met Ken made us feel so welcome at the UAW retiree meeting. Such a nice & funny guy.So sorry for your lost Joanne. You & Ken will be in our prayers.

Larry & Donna Eden Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Howell

Lynn & Ronnie Fuller Mar 27 2020 12:00 AM

Ken was a friend, a Union Brother, and just great man to know.
He will be missed, my wife and I enjoyed our dinners with Ken and JoAnne. You will be missed my friend!

Dave& Marsha McCreless Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM

Kenneth Howell was my Uncle, my Fathers brother-in-law. He had a great sense of humor! Anyone that knew him, will agree to that! He travelled, often, with his late Wife (my Aunt Millie.) Uncle Ken was kind and gentle and loved his dogs. He was an honest and loyal man. I remember he and Aunt Millie taking us to Glennie (Michigan) to their cottage. He showed my siblings and I how to fish. We got to ride in his boat, what a treat! They even took us to Mackinac Island. We went to Canada ( Pointe Pelee) to a nice beach (we got attacked by flies! It is still a wonderful memory!!) I have nothing but good memories of him. Anytime you were in his company, something funny was bound to happen! He was always able to find the good in any situation. We will all miss him. He will remain forever in our hearts.

Alysonne Eschbach (Lunsford) Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Kenneth was just a southern gentleman through and through. I am proud to have known him and have so many wonderful memories of holidays, family dinners, and trips up north with Uncle Kenneth and Aunt Mildred. Im glad he lived a long and fulfilling life where he touched the hearts of so many.

Jillian Lunsford Mar 26 2020 12:00 AM