CPT William G. Howell was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/15/2016 at the age of 76.4 from Emphysema
Waycross, GA
Flight Class 70-14
Date of Birth 12/13/1939
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 162 AHC in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam VULTURE 16
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More detail on this person: CW5 (Retired) William G. "Bill" Howell, Sr., 76, flew his last mission, prepared and ready to accept his orders from his Commander in Chief, Sunday (May 15, 2016) from Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Waycross after a long, courageous battle with COPD and emphysema. Bill was born December 13, 1939 in Ware County to the late Robert Matthew (RM) Howell, Sr. and Melissie Elizabeth Tatum Howell. In 1958, he graduated from Waycross High School. After 27 years of service, he retired from the United States Army as CW-5 (Chief Warrant Officer 5) having served during the Vietnam War. A member of Deenwood Baptist Church, he was affectionately known as Bill, Billy, Uncle, Poppy, Papa, Big Papa and Brother. He leaves a legacy of service, love, compassion and laughter. According to Bill's son, his father's love and passion for others to hear the love of God and forgiveness of Jesus Christ will always be his legacy. Survivors include his loving wife, Bunny Dowling Howell of Waycross; five children, William George Howell, Jr. (Sandra) of Kansas City, MO, Suzanne Howell of Pell City, AL, Terri Hayes (Bruce) of Jacksonville, FL, Ken O'Steen (Jo) of Waycross, and Kasey O'Steen of Waycross; 10 grandchildren, Aaron Howell, Wesley Howell, Nikki Nisly (Jordan), Katie Branch (Bobby), Kellie Sherwood (Shawn), Jonathan Hayes, Logan and Kody O'Steen, Blaze and Gracie O'Steen; two great grandchildren, Desmond and Amelia Nisly; five siblings, Bobby Howell (Sandy), Mary Jean Lee (Marvin), Jackie Flowers, Judy Wrenn (Kenny) and Kevin Howell (Theresa); and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday (May 18, 2016) at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial follow in Kettle Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at

Burial information: Kettle Creek Cemetery

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