Charles Ray Howell, 76, of Blountstown, passed away on August 19, 2013, at his home in Blountstown.
He was born January 27, 1937, in Blountstown and lived most of his life in Calhoun County except for a short period away for college and early professional career. He graduated from Blountstown High School in 1955 and was named the MVP of the football team. He went on to attend the University of Florida and was a proud alumni of UF’s class of 1963, received his degree in Entomology. He had just become a member of the University of Florida’s Grand Guard Society, recognizing his 50 year status of being an alumni. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was proud of this. His professional life started with a job in the chemical field, followed by teaching in the Calhoun County School System and other surrounding schools. Most of his teaching career was as an Ag teacher. In 1973, he started his termite and pest control business, Howell Exterminating and Chemical Co. He owned and operated this until his retirement.
He is preceeded in death by his father, Charlie Hix Howell, and his mother, Ruth Ray Howell.
He is survived by his four children, three daughters, Lynne Wahlquist and husband, Patrick Wahlquist, of Bristol, Renee Jeppson and husband, Rhett Jeppson, of Blountstown, Sherri Shuler and husband, David Shuler, of Bristol, and one son, Charles Ray Howell, II, and wife, Allyson Howell, of Blountstown; 12 grandchildren, Laura Wahlquist, Holley Jeppson Richards, Andrew Shuler, Melanie Shuler, Heidi Jeppson, Hayden Jeppson, Hyrum Wahlquist, Thomas Howell, Emily Shuler, Caroline Howell, Sarah Shuler and Hans Jeppson; one-great granddaughter, Capri Richards. He is also survived by a sister, Nancy Mauldin, of Blountstown, and a nephew Josh Mauldin.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 22, at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Blountstown. The family will hold visitation at 3 p.m. until the memorial service begins at 4 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bevis Funeral Home in Bristol (ph. 850-643-3636).