Billy Hugh Howell

March 22, 1938February 19, 2021

Billy Hugh Howell, 82, of the Gaston Community, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 at his residence. He was born March 22, 1938 to Bolivar “Doc” and Olivia Howell. He was a 1959 graduate of Mississippi State University. He worked at Wurlitzer Piano, Baldwin Piano, Gibson Guitar and Batesville Casket Company. He was a lifelong farmer. He attended Gaston Baptist church, he loved MSU sports, St. Louis Cardinals, bowling, Dallas Cowboys, and spending time with family, Callie and Tiger.

He is survived by his wife, Mary McGaughy Howell; 2 daughters, Sherri Howell of Bowling Green, KY and Terri Burress of Guntown; 4 sons, Stan (Sherry) Howell of Saltillo, Steve (Haven) Howell of Mooreville, Jason (Tami) Hobson of Columbus, GA and Brian Hobson of Olive Branch, MS; 16 grandchildren, Ryan (Brandy) Howell, Shea Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Chase (Michael) Cole, Brad (Lauren) Anthony, Chad(Katherine) Anthony, Blake (Genee-Grace) Burress, Skyylar Little, Neal (Ashley) Vick, Darryl (Heather) Howell, Tim Howell, Tom Howell, Rylee Nebesho, Cassidy (Mitchell) Smith, Meghan (Billy) Mixon, and Clay(Courtney) Hobson. 17 great grandchildren, Noah, Baylor Bell, Bennett, Brody, Daylen, Rory, Josh, Zoey, Astella, Wesley Carter, Hunter Leigh, Levi, Brooklyn, Emily, Abby, Crawford and Walter. One brother, Walter (Debbie) Howell of Rienzi and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren William Paul Roberts and Mary Sue Roberts. A private funeral service will be held for the family with Bro. Matt Brown officiating and burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Benton County. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to your favorite charity. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at


  • Mary McGaughy, wife
  • Sherri Howell, Daughter
  • Terri Burress, Daughter
  • Stan Howell (Sherry), Son
  • Steve Howell (Haven), Son
  • Jason Hobson (Tami), Son
  • Brian Hobson, son
  • Ryan Howell (Brandy), Grandchild
  • Shea Johnson, Grandchild
  • Andrew Johnson, Grandchild
  • Chase Cole (Michael), Grandchild
  • Brad Anthony (Lauren), Grandchild
  • Blake Burress (Genee-Grace), Grandchild
  • Chad Anthony (Katherine), Grandchild
  • Skyylar Little, Grandchild
  • Neal Vick (Ashley), Grandchild
  • Darryl Howell (Heather), Grandchild
  • Tim Howell, Grandchild
  • Tom Howell, Grandchild
  • Rylee Nebesho, Grandchild
  • Cassidy Smith (Mitchell), Grandchild
  • Meghan Mixon (Billy), Grandchild
  • Clay Hobson (Courtney), Grandchild
  • Noah, Great-Grandchild
  • Baylor Bell, Great Grandchild
  • Bennett, Great Grandchild
  • Brody, Great Grandchild
  • Daylen, Great Grandchild
  • Rory, Great Grandchild
  • Josh, Great Grandchild
  • Zoey, Great Grandchild
  • Astella, Great Grandchild
  • Wesley Carter, Great Grandchild
  • Hunter Leigh, Great Grandchild
  • Levi, Great Grandchild
  • Brooklyn, Great Grandchild
  • Emily, Great Grandchild
  • Abby, Great Grandchild
  • Crawford, Great Grandchild
  • Walter, Great Grandchild
  • Walter Howell (brother), Debbie
  • Bolivar Smith Howell, Father (deceased)
  • Olivia Howell, Mother (deceased)
  • William Paul Roberts, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Mary Sue Roberts, Grandchild (deceased)


  • A Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Billy Hugh Howell

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Mamie Cain

February 25, 2021

Walter and Stan, so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. Our families
friendship predates us all. I have many fond memories of all your
family and all the activities at Gaston. My condolences to all,
Just knew you two best.

Ann McMillan

February 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Billy was a great guy and I have fond memories of time spent with him when we were kids.