Lee Howell

February 12, 1927September 28, 2021

Lee Dillard Howell, a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend went to be with the Lord on September 28, 2021 at the age of 94. Lee was born February 12, 1927 in Andrews, Texas.

He was a gifted contractor, woodworker, locksmith, and problem solver and loved to spend time in his cabinet shop building beautiful cabinets and furniture pieces. He served in the Army and was stationed in Italy.

Lee was preceded in death by his wife Laura Howell and his daughter Laura Dougherty. He is survived by 4 children - Mike Sopp, Steve Sopp, Patricia Morgan, and Linda Wiggins; 7 grandchildren - George Grimsley, Laura Juarez, Robert Marx, Jennifer McDuff, David Marx, Crissy Sopp and Steven Sopp; 11 great-grandchildren - Isabella Juarez, Ethaniel Juarez, Rian Marie Sopp, Clayton Lane Sopp, Sadee Kay Sopp, Clint Wayne Hinkle, Riley Kaitlynn McDuff, Hayden Wyatt McDuff, Mason James Marx, Emma Rose Marx, and Claire Evelyn Marx.

Lee was known as a kind and humble man and loved by all who knew him.

Graveside services will be held at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park on Monday, October 4 at 11:00am.

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  • Mike Sopp, Son
  • Steve Sopp, Son
  • Patricia Morgan, Daughter
  • Linda Wiggins, Daughter
  • George Grimsley, Grandchild
  • Laura Juarez, Grandchild
  • Robert Marx, Granddchild
  • Jennifer McDuff, Grandchild
  • David Marx, Grandchild
  • Crissy Sopp, Grandchild
  • Steven Sopp, Grandchild
  • Isabella Juarez, Great Grandchild
  • Ethaniel Juarez, Great Grandchild
  • Rian Marie Sopp, Great Grandchild
  • Clayton Lane Sopp, Great Grandchild
  • Sadee Kay Sopp, Great Grandchild
  • Clint Wayne Hinkle, Great Grandchild
  • Riley Kaitlynn McDuff, Great Grandchild
  • Hayden Wyatt McDuff, Great Grandchild
  • Mason James Marx, Great Grandchild
  • Emma Rose Marx, Great Grandchild
  • Claire Evelyn Marx, Great Grandchild
  • Lee was preceded in death by his wife Laura Howell and his daughter Laura Dougherty.


  • Graveside Lakeland Hills Memorial Park

    Monday, October 4, 2021


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Brenda Morrison

September 30, 2021

My uncle was born on President Lincoln's birthday and was called Linc by his family, growing up on a dryland farm in West Texas. He and I became reacquainted far too late in life but it was a real joy to me to get to know Uncle Linc all over again. He was sweet, shy, and unfailingly polite and a great storyteller, if prodded by a question or vague memory. Our in-person visits and phone calls over these last years left me with a wonderful sense of family history and a life lived in a by-gone era, from the perspective of such a gentle, humble man.

Uncle Linc had many talents and skills and our "tool talks" were some of my favorites. He could do so many different things and was happiest in his tool-filled workshops. I loved him and will miss him always.