Gregory Franklin Howell, Jr.

Born: Fri., Feb. 18, 1949
Died: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019


Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 09, 2019
Location: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church


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Gregory “Greg” Franklin Howell, Jr. was born February 18, 1949 the second child and only son to Lucille [Adams] Croft Howell and Gregory Franklin Howell, Sr. in East Gadsden, Alabama. Greg’s maternal ancestral pedigree reaches back to the early 1800’s at Ball Play Alabama. Greg is the Grandson of Thomas Croft and Minnie Jackson Croft, former lifelong Elders of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, East Gadsden Alabama sense its founding in early 1900’s.  Great Grandson of Betsy Adams of Ball Play and Hillary Croft of Turkey Town, Alabama and “Great-Great Grandson” of Parris Adams and Adeline Collins Adams, founders of the “Adams Clan” of Ball Play Alabama. Greg’s paternal ancestral pedigree reach back to Chambers County, Tuskegee, Alabama. He is the Grandson of Elders Sarah of Chambers County, Alabama and Louis [McClain] of Anniston. Alabama.

Baptized during his early childhood at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Greg grew up on East Broad Street surrounded by a tight-knit East Gadsden community of “Elders, Kinfolk and Cousins” at every turn. He attended James L. Cain Elementary School, Carver High School and Peabody Tech College in Nashville, Tennessee where he studied carpentry, brick masonry and other skills. Greg’s career as an independent contractor and bricklayer took him across the country from Chicago Il, New York, to Miami, Fl. As the years came and went, Greg kept in touch. Everybody knew Greg loved Gadsden.  As the he got older, Greg yearned to return to his “Sweet Home Alabama.” A “free spirit” at heart, Greg never met a stranger. He trusted and believed in the Lord and used to say, “Everything is in God’s hands.”  Greg loved family gatherings, traveling and football. He was known for being “free-hearted” practicing the golden rule of sharing and helping anyone he could. During casual conversation Greg was known to wittingly say, “What a World!”

Greg transitioned this earthly life February 3, 2019. He leaves to mourn his passing two sisters “Vicky” [Dr. OlaOshun Victoria Howell Lakesin] of Atlanta and “Cindy” [Mrs. Cindy Howell-Steele], Brother-in-law Mr. Larry Steele of Nashville. Nephew Samaroo “Sam” Lokenauth and wife Sonya of Atlanta. Niece Khadijah Lakesi-League who he affectionately called “Shey’Shey” and husband Saeed of Nashville. A paternal cousin, long-time friend and buddy, Cedric Veasy of Gadsden-Boaz, Regina Veasy, Maxine Veasy of Detroit.  Great-nieces and nephews; Sarah Lokenauth, Kymani Akinjide League, Carlos Lokenauth, Khareem League, Renee Victoria Lokenauth, Serenity Orisade League. Tons of Croft and Adam Clan cousins, dear friends and loved ones. Nurse Lori Woods of Adoration Home Health, Nashville, TN, professional nurse and care-giver who stuck with Greg on the rough side of the mountain.

 

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J Baker
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Grief can be so hard, but our cherished memories help us cope. Hold tight to those memories…. Lean on each other for support…. And look to God’s word the Bible, for comfort and strength. James 4:8 encourages; “Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you.”

Daphyne Maye-Hall
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrw.

Wilma Hunter-Maye
Daphyne Maye Hall
East Gadsden, Alabama

Cleopatra Warren
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Dr. Cleopatra Warren and Family, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Ola Oshun Lakesin and Family, May the peace of God comfort you and his love enfold you during this difficult time. Condolences from Dr. Cleopatra Warren and Family, Atlanta, GA


Alicia McCord-Estes
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Greg's sisters Cindy and Vicki as well as the entire family. I know that Greg will be truly missed by all. May the Lord bring you peace in comfort in the memories you share of Greg. You are in my daily prayers.
With Love your Blessings, Alicia and Family.

Frankie Gosa-Scales
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
My condolences to the family of Greg , I know this pain that you feel because not many months ago I suffered this same hurt from the loss of my brother . I do know that the Lord will give you the strength to carry on, cry when you need to but always remember and cherish the years that you had on this earth with him , because now he is in a better place with his "Heavenly Family" , with much Love Frankie Gosa-Scales .

Rev. Will Esuyemi Coleman, Ph.D.
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה ׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֹֽום

"convertat dominus vultum suum ad te, et det tibi pacem"

"may the living one shine upon you and give you peace"

numbers 6:26

Richelle Reid
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Ile Ori African Cultural Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

To Dr. OlaOsun Lakesin and the Howell Family: We are so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by sweet memories and the love and support of family and friends during this difficult time. With deepest condolences, Ile Ori African Cultural Center Atlanta, Georgia


Dr. Jennie Patrick
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Our lives are filled with love, joy, passions and sorrows. The people that pass through our lives allow us to experience all of these emotions. Our lives can not be complete without our encounters with these unique and special individuals. Greg was indeed a special person in my life. His spirit will live with me for the rest of my life.

I offer my deepest condolences to Greg's family. Time will help us to endure his lost.

DeAndrea Coleman Ifasoyin Fayemi
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Dr. OlaOshun Victoria Howell Lakesin & Family during this time of transition. May your love one be received with open arms by those who has gone before him and celebrated by those who are REMEMBERING him. I pray love and SUPPORT for all of you.

Love from ME and ATLANTA OIDSI ILE

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