Charlie Lester ‘Doc’ Howell

Published 8:14 pm Monday, July 23, 2018

Charlie Lester ‘Doc’ Howell

Mr. Charlie Lester “Doc” Howell died on Tuesday July 17, 2018 at Wake Forest Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 9, 1930 to the late Samuel B. and Ethel Foote Howell. He attended Davie County Public Schools. He became a member of Chinquapin Grove Missionary Baptist Church at an early age, and after marriage, became a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Mocksville. He worked on the Trustee Board and drove the church bus. He served in the U.S. Army, Company H 28th Infantry in the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the DAV, and a member of the American Legion and Amvets. He received awards from the DAV for driving veterans to and from hospitals, for serving as commander of the DAV Chapter Dist. 5, and outstanding district commander co-winner. He also was a truck driver for McClamrock Seed Co. and worked at Baker Furniture in Mocksville and volunteered at Morrison Studevent Funeral Home in Mocksville.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and picking greens. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and westerns, listening to country music,  and traveling. His favorite places to go with his wife, family, and best friend, Roger Girst, were the mountains, Florida, and Las Vegas. He had been a resident of Autumn Care for the past 15 months. His father was twice married and from this union 22 children were born, of whom 20 have preceded him in death, as well as 2 infant sons, and a step-grandson, James Naylor.

Survivors: his wife of more than 50 years, Emma L. Howell; 2 daughters, Angela (Kelly) Naylor and Cynthia Lyons of Mocksville; 4 grandchildren, LaTosha, Mariah, Cyrena and Cyrus Lyons; 2 step-grandchildren, Eutashia (Rev. JJ Rice Jr.) and Brian Hunter; 9 great-grandchildren; a  brother, Gilbert (Mary Ruth) Howell of Boonville; 2 brother- in-law, the Rev. Jesse Lyons Jr. (Dorothy) of Westbury N.Y., and James Lyons of Salisbury; 4 sisters- in-law, Della Williams of Mocksville, Margaret Transou, Doretha Lyons and Margaret S. Lyons of Winston Salem; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church in Mocksville.  The Rev. Jesse Lyons Jr. officiated and the Rev. Joe B. Clark was the eulogist.  Burial followed in National Cemetery in Salisbury. The family received friends at the church 30 minutes before the service.