Clyde Lee Howell Sr.

January 9, 1941November 3, 2018
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Clyde Lee Howell Sr., age 77 of Knoxville passed away at U.T. Medical Center on November 3, 2018 at 1:45 am. He was married to his beloved wife Joyce A. Howell for 61 years and a wonderful father of 6 children. He was a self skilled Jack of all trades and a huge fan of Elvis Presley. He had an accident in 2000 that left him quadriplegic for 18 years and many health issues. He is preceded in death by: mother Rosie Lee Pilkington, father, Robert Lee Howell, five siblings and granddaughter Savanah Howell. Surviving: wife Joyce A. Howell, daughter Cynthia Gaddis and spouse Mike Gaddis; five sons: Clyde Lee Howell Jr. and spouse Suzanne Howell, Donald R. Howell and spouse Margie Howell, Timothy D. Howell and spouse Tammy, Robert Howell and spouse Lora, Terry W. Howell and spouse Carla; several grandchildren: Sammy Howell, David Gaddis and spouse Michelle, Kyle Gaddis, Jacob Gaddis and spouse Lilliana, Julia Gaddis and fiancé James Brock, Donnie Howell, Coty Howell, Raychel Swanson and spouse Robby, Christian Howell, Chris Wooten, Kaylene Howell, Steven Bowman, Dylan Howell, Skyler, Shelly Carr and spouse Mike, Valerie Lowe and spouse Josh, Ruth Howell and spouse Nolan, Seth Howell and 18 great grandchildren: Rileigh, Tyler, Peyton, Paisley, Austin, Autumn, Ember, Charles, Tesla, Madison, Marley, Abigail, Hannah, Kurt Jr., Isaiah, Isaac, Jackson and Breanna, along with several nieces, nephews and good friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm in the chapel of Berry Highland West Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will follow at 7:00 pm. A Graveside service for Mr. Howell will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm in Berry Highland West Cemetery. Family will serve as pallbearers. Everyone is asked to meet at the gravesite by 2:45 pm for the service. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Clyde Lee Howell Sr.

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Julia Gaddis

April 19, 2019

Every day goes by I miss my papaw more and more. I love you papaw!!

Seth Howell

November 18, 2018

My grandfather was one of the hardest working men you could ever meet. He was hard working and a constant fighter. Even after he had his accident he refused to every quit anything, he always finished what he started. He lived a wonderful life with the most supportive family. I was blessed to have a grandfather like him to teach me traits I hope to carry on and demonstrate as I progress through life.

Ruth Howell

November 12, 2018

I have so many wonderful memories growing up because of the family Mamaw and Papaw’s love created. I love you both forever and always. You will be missed Papaw, until we meet again.

Our Papaw kept a garden.
A garden of the heart;
He planted all the good things,
That gave our lives their start.
He turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream:
Fostering and nurturing the seeds of self-esteem.
And then the winds and rain came,
He protected us enough;
But not too much because he knew
We would stand up strong and tough.
His constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong;
Markers for our pathway that will last
a lifetime long.
We are our Papaw’s garden,
We are his legacy.

Thank you Papaw, we love you.

Terry Howell

November 7, 2018

Dad oh how I’m going to miss our Sunday evenings together watching Texas Ranger and old westerns, watching you sleep drive your wheelchair, hearing your voice and laughing together. You have showed me how to work hard and and take care of family. You will always be in my heart and in my thoughts I LOVE YOU DAD!

Steven Bowman

November 6, 2018

From living with you a good portion of my life, to visiting you whenever time permitted, I've learned many unforgettable things. Life is a journey, and the main thing you taught me that was no matter what was thrown at a person, overcoming those things and living your life the best possible way is what matters. I'll never forget the many memories we've had over the years; from eating breakfast together and talking about school or work, to making our rounds through the neighborhood talking about the new houses being built and how awful the driveways and designs are. Rest easy papaw, I'll always love you dearly

Judy Mowery

November 5, 2018

Cindy and family I am so sorry for the passing of your Dad. May knowing he is with Our Father in Heaven bring you comfort. May God wrap His Love and Support around you all in this time of grief.
GOD Bless you.

Jay and Sharon Beeler

November 5, 2018

We had mixed feelings when we heard of Clyde's passing... sad and sorry that the world has lost such a fine man, but also a bit happy to know that he has finally escaped the prison of his broken body. We may never understand why such hardships befall such good people, but we can understand how people can endure and overcome these hardships through love. Clyde and Joyce were loving, caring people who took my mother into their home and cared for her while we were unable to do so.. just one example of their hearts. They lived a long life together, and will be together again one day to continue their special love. Although we are far away, our thoughts are with Joyce and the family. With love, Jay & Sharon

Sharon Moore

November 4, 2018

When my Mother passed on to be with The Lord we celebrated Mom's life and got to see people we hadn't seen in years. Always remember Clyde Sr. and celebrate the time you had with him. You will also see people you haven't seen in a long time. Take this time as a Blessing as Clyde is no longer suffering and he is with our Lord & Savior. It is always hard to let go. Love to all the family and friends. God Bless you all.

Rob Howell

November 4, 2018

We will make sure mom is ok until she returns to your side. We could only wish to have so many years of marriage and the bond mom and you share. I have so many skills to thank you for and to share with others. It hurt so much when you had your accident. That’s the day I thought your life was over. Again, you proved us wrong and even taught me about a side of you I did not know. The amount of love and care you have for this family kept you strong and ready to take on anything. God gave us the greatest father anyone could wish for. I wish I had paid more attention when I was younger but I know from life that all the things you tried to prepare us for were a parents way of protecting us from this old world. You will always be the worlds greatest dad to me. I love you and will see you again someday ❤️

Carolyn and Bob Roe

November 4, 2018

Our dearest friend and Sister Joyce,It seems to be mixed feelings and emotion. Our first reaction was, oh so sorry, and thoughts of Joyce and the family. We have visited Clyde in the hospital , that was hard on Clyde and Joyce. We have been at their homes and all the changes through the years that have taken place. There have always been children, grand children and more around the house as Joyce was baby sitting when needed and the dogs and cat. Clyde has made the best of his situation since 2000 and the accident. Bob and I have always learned from Clyde, be patient and take each day as it came. Joyce has always been there for him and all the grand and great grandchildren. She loves her family. Joyce is stalwart and an angel to many, we are fortunate to have her for a friend and to know the family.
Although it is hard to say good bye to Clyde because we love him, the mixed emotion comes because now he is free to walk or run. He is probably smiling down on us now that he is free from pain . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that all may feel the peace that comes from knowing God loves and cares for us. We will miss Clyde, he was a good man!!
Love always
Carolyn and Bob Roe