Thomas Lee "Tommy" Howell

January 1, 1941 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Thomas Howell Obituary

Mr. Thomas Lee “Tommy” Howell, 82, of Blackshear, passed away early Sunday evening, December 3, 2023, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

Born in Waycross, GA on October 1, 1941, he lived in Pierce County all his life.  Mr. Howell worked for CSX Transportation prior to going to work for AmTrak and retiring as a conductor. In his younger days, he loved to break horses and train them.  He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.  Mr. Howell loved the color red, especially his red truck.  Mr. Howell was a member of Youmans Chapel Baptist Church and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

He was a son of the late Troy & Mamie Lee Howell.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Mary Faye “Goody” Metts Howell of Blackshear; four daughters, Sharon Thrift of Yulee, FL, Deborah (Allen) Stevens of Milledgeville, Dianna Floyd (Shane Moncy) of Interlachen, FL, and Dana Howell of Ocala; a son, Richard (Joann) Leonard of Blackshear; his brother, Johnny (Judy) Howell of Blackshear; 8 grandchildren, Brandi (Ben) Yang, Brintz (Lauren) Sweat, Shane Hayes, Amy Hughes, Blaise Sweat, Ashley (Brandon) Fredrick, Mary Jane Floyd, and Hunni Simpson; 14 great grandchildren; special helpers, Canyon Thrift of Yulee and Preston Hughes of Blackshear; several nieces and nephews including a special great nephew, Benjamin Howell; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Howell will be held Friday afternoon, December 8, 2023, at 2:00 o’clock from the Youmans Chapel Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock.

Interment will be in the Waters Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Shawn Ray Howell, Tommy Metts, Homer Bryson, Bobby Bryson, Eddie Metts, Bobby Metts, Gary Herndon, Danny Williamson, Anthony Smith, Timmy Smith, and Keith Tucker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Raulerson, CSX and AmTrak employees, Canyon Thrift, Preston Hughes, and Benjamin Howell.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon Str., Waycross, GA  31501 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,

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Pearson Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangement. 

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December 7, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Funeral Service
December 8, 2023

2:00 PM
Youmans Chapel Baptist Church
Youmans Chapel Road
Blackshear, GA 31516


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