Bobby Earl Howell was born on September 16, 1931 to Henry and Bessie (Harvey) Howell. After a well-lived, long life, Bobby peacefully passed through Heaven’s gates on November 22, 2021 with family by his side.
Bobby grew up in Okmulgee/Morris, Oklahoma where he graduated from Morris High School. After graduation, he joined the Army where he served his country during the Korean War. On August 20, 1955, Bobby married the love of his life, LaNell U. Danker, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and together they raised four children. For sixty years, he was a dedicated employee of Scovil and Sides Hardware. As the long-standing Vice President of the Tulsa branch, he worked full-time until the day he died. He poured his heart and soul into his work, the people he worked with, as well as the customers he served. He was greatly admired by all. He was known as one of the most humble, sweet, kind, and generous men around. He faithfully served his Lord in numerous ways. He was the “temporary” music director at Pickett Prairie Baptist Church for over 28 years. He held worship services every Friday evening from the early 1970s until the pandemic at Pleasant Manor/Arbor Village nursing home where he shared devotions and led music. He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need as he generously gave without them knowing who provided the financial blessing. Bobby’s signature saying to his family and close friends always ended with love you.
Bobby was preceded in death by his wife, LaNell, of 61 years. Bobby and LaNell’s children believe they were blessed beyond measure to have been raised in a Christian home by such Godly parents. Bobby is survived by his children, John Howell, Kala and Jerry Harbeston, Mark and Patty Howell, and Anna and Scott Wilkerson; his grandchildren, Amanda and Max Wilson, Roger and Lisa Howell, Natasha and Nathan Cotner, Heather and Matthew Long, Maranda and Matthew Mettry, Meryl and Caleb Taylor, Shane and Melissa Wilkerson, and Tyler and Shurayah Wilkerson; and 18 great-grandchildren. Grandpa Bobby was always there for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and taught them to seek the Lord in all things and to enjoy every precious moment this life has to offer. The legacy of his humility, kind spirit, gentle demeanor, love of sharing Christ, and servant’s heart will live on through them.
Bobby Howell will be remembered with great admiration and fondness. He will be dearly missed by family and friends as he was the kind of man we all aspire to be. No one would argue that when he was greeted in Heaven by his Lord and Savior these words were spoken, “Well done, my good and faithful servant, welcome home”.
There will be a memorial service celebration of life Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Sapulpa. Family visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Sunday, November 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to recommend a donation to the Pickett Prairie Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.