Alton Winifred Howell
February 12, 1946 - July 23, 2018
Alton “Buddy” Howell
Graveside memorial services for Alton “Buddy” Howell are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Monday, July 30 at Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery, Dallas.
Mr. Howell passed away on July 23, 2018 at his home in Ben Wheeler at the age of 72. Alton Winifred Howell was born February 12, 1946 in El Paso, TX to the late Alton Winiford Howell and Bernice Rutledge Howell. He served in the US Marines from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam War, earning the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. He worked as a carpet layer and enjoyed gardening, canning and fishing. He was a member of the VFW. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents,a sister, June Payne and a brother, Bobby Thomason.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Suzanne Howell of Ben Wheeler; 3 children, Melinda Kelley and husband, George, Alan Howell and wife, Niky and Pam McElrath and husband, James; brother, Homer Thomason;5 sisters, Wanda Hooker, Joyce Harris, Annette Countryman, Sandra Poole and Eddie Buckner; 6 grandchildren, Alandra Warner, Jordan Kelley, Aidan Howell, Jessie Kelley, Rainee Howell and James Douglas McElrath; and one great grandchild, Simon Lopez.
If desired, memorials can be made to the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network.