|The spirit of William Frank Howell passed from this earthly scene on August 29, 1974, for his heavenly home. He was born July 29, 1906 and lived sixty-eight years and one month.
At the age of fifteen William joined the Methodist Church at Cleveland, Mississippi, where he was licensed to preach in September 1927, at the age of twenty-one. He graduated from Delta State Teacher’s College and went to Emory University, where he received his B.D. degree. William Frank Howell was received into the North Mississippi Conference in 1931, ordained Deacon in 1933 and ordained Elder in 1935. He transferred to the Louisiana Conference in 1938. In 1945 William returned to the Louisiana Conference where he served Trout, Montgomery, Iowa, Vinton, Fairview-Sweetlake, Lake Arthur, Oakdale and Lake Providence Charges. His ministry was characterized by two outstanding features. He took difficult appointments as the official assignment and he served each one for a long time by the Conference standard.
William Frank Howell and Doris Loftin were married May 16, 1929. Doris has always been a worthy helpmate, a good mother and minister’s wife. Their marriage was blessed with three wonderful daughters: Miss Martha Howell, Mrs. (Mary Anne) Richard Lee, and Mrs. (Sara Lee) Greg LieVan.
During the last years of his ministry William had to carefully control all his activities because of a serious heart condition. He retired at the Conference session on 1974. In his short retirement he spent his time and energy planning for the future and his faith grew stronger each day.
Those of us who were privileged to work with him were always impressed by his strength, his faith and his ability to do his best work while carrying heavy responsibilities. He could see beyond the problems of the day and was always looking toward the better tomorrows.
William Frank Howell gave all he had to give, and that was enough, for God blessed him and his work in every charge he served.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p. 181 By Karl B. Tooke|