Willie James Howell

February 3, 1953September 20, 2020

Willie James Howell

February 3, 1953– September 20, 2020

Willie James Howell, 67, was born in Cadwell, Georgia on February 3, 1953 to the late James and Bennie Mae Howell. He was taken suddenly and lost to his family on September 20, 2020.

Willie lived much of his life in Lansing, graduating from Sexton High School, and working for Mid-Michigan Transportation and The Beekman Center. He was a founding member of Fearless Faith Church Ministries where he served as an usher and Sunday School teacher and was working to advance his service to the Lord as a Deacon in Training.

Willie was a proud and engaged grandfather to his grandsons, Jayven and Jesiah, and a favored uncle to his seven nephews. “Paw Paw” and “Uncle Willie” will be well remembered for his ready laughter and gentle care. Willie is survived by his wife, Linda Howell; his beloved daughter, Chenia Howell; his grandsons, Jayven Broughton and Jesiah Howell; his sister, Pastor Iris I. Cotton; his brothers, Reverend Jimmie L. Howell and James L. Howell; sister-in-law, Cheryl Howell; all of Lansing; sister, Annie L. Wallace, of Cleveland, Ohio; sister, Leslie T. Howell; nephews, Joshua Beard, Kenneth Griffin, Jayson Howell, Jeffrey Howell, Jermaine Howell, Jonathan Howell and Justin Verser, all of Lansing; and step-sons, Brandon Kimble, of Lansing; and Laprece Kimble (Kimberly), of Grand Rapids.

In addition to his parents, Willie was preceded in death by brother, Jasper L. Howell; sister, Sarah M. Wilkins; and niece, Teresa M. Keyton.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020


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Marcia Civils

October 1, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Willie’s family and friends. We were neighbors and are so saddened to hear of his passing.

The Civils Family

Terrisa Bradley

September 29, 2020

On behalf of Masterpiece Creation Church, Battle Creek MI, we send condolences and heart felt sympathy to the Howell family and to Chenia during this very difficult time. We know the peace of God will see you through in the days ahead. Continue to look up, your help comes from the Lord.
God Bless & keep you,
Pastor Ricky L. Bradley & Lady Terrisa Bradley
and your Masterpiece Creation Church Family

Pastor David Foreman

September 29, 2020

To the family of my friend brother willie James Howell. I was so happy to see him turn his life around and served the Lord with all his heart. He served as an usher at reachout Christian center and he was always respectful and humble. Rest in peace brother willie and we will see you after while. The bible tell us absent from the body and present with the Lord. May God bless and keep you in this hour of bereavement.

Bruce Fletcher

September 28, 2020

To the Howell Family.
As I said to James, words come hard at a time like this but I will try.

I share deep sympathy with you per Willies passing. I had the pleasure of being considered by him as one of his older brothers. What an honor.

Willie I am so proud of what you were doing with your life at transition time, your legacy will be honored.

May the Lord our God bless your family with peace and comfort at this time as I offer any ability I have to support you my other family at this time...!!!

Michael Cole - Crompton

September 26, 2020

My condolences to the entire family,. Willie was one of the West Streeter’s, a couple of years older than us, but he would always be at the playground. We had some epic battles on the court where not only did my game get challenged, Willie is responsible for my debating skills, he could’ve been a lawyer. May the peace of the Almighty be with him and the family.

Lee Williams

September 25, 2020

Willie, I will miss you so much. We had so much fun together with Terry, Keke, And Pikes. You had that sweet jumper that I won't forget. I can still hear your laugh. Rest my brother, for I will see you again. Prayers are going up for the family. God bless you all.

Stacy Lewis

September 25, 2020

I am sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.


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