Carroll J. Howell, 71, a resident of Elkins, departed this life early Monday morning, June 3, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown, surrounded by his family and friends. He had been in his usual health and death was unexpected.
He was born Friday, Nov. 21, 1941, at Mabie, a son of the late John and Delia Shreve Howell.
Surviving are one daughter, Tonya C. Swecker and husband, Sean, of Beverly; one sister, Geneva "Peach" Underwood of Ohio; six grandchildren, Shai, Gracee and Mason Swecker, all of Beverly, Paul Armentrout of Elkins, Jeremy and Chenaya Armentrout, both of North Carolina; and one great-grandson, Ashton Armentrout of North Carolina.
Preceding him in death were one daughter, Sonya Armentrout; two brothers, Elmer "Red" and Bevelyn "Peck" Howell; and seven sisters, Genevieve "Toots" Zirkle, Thelma Gum, Emmagene "Dutch" Phillips, Juanita Dickens, Elizabeth, Maxine and Evelyn Howell.
He attended the Coalton 12-Year School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1967 in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, receiving the Bronze Star for Combat Valor. He was a retired truck driver, having worked for various trucking companies, was a member of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Kevin Gainer will officiate, and interment will follow in American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery at Cravensdale, where H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the West Virginia Army National Guard Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Carroll J. Howell. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.