James Noble Howell, 91, of Columbus, passed away on Feb. 18 in Columbus. He was born on Oct. 22, 1927 to Victor Floyd Howell and Daisy Agnes (Snodgrass) Howell in Lucy, New Mexico.
James graduated from Pecos High School in 1945. He enlisted in the Army serving from 1946 to 1949, and in the Korean War from Sept 1950 to July 1951.
On December 27, 1952 in Columbus, he married Katherine Untermeyer.
James went to the University of Texas obtaining his Bachelor of Science and Master Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He worked for numerous oil companies before starting his own consulting business.
James was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.
James is survived by his wife Katherine Howell of Columbus; sons, Daryl Howell and wife Gina of Tilden, and Frank Howell and wife Evelyn of Columbus; 2 grandsons, Levi and Zane Howell; his sister, Verdie Howell; nephew, James Howell and wife Robin; 3 step grandchildren, Lindsey Perez (Israel), Inda Hahn, and Rick Hahn (Megan); 3 step-great grandchildren, Mason Hahn, Kaleb Hahn, and Nolina Perez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Daisy Howell, sisters, Armittie Threatt and Vivian Roberts, and his brother, Richard Howell.
Visitation will be conducted today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.
Memorial Service will be conducted tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Columbus in Columbus. Pastor Mark Breckin will be officiating.
Internment will take place in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.
Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1229 Milam St., Columbus, 78934; or Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, 78945.