Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 8, 2013

Martin Luther Howell Jr.

PIPESTEM — Martin Luther Howell Jr., 86, of Pipestem, died early Sunday morning, January 6, 2013 at his home. Born June 24, 1926, in Princeton, he was the son of the late Martin Luther Howell Sr. and Edna Mae Smith Howell.

Mr. Howell was a graduate of Princeton High School, and was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army.

Mr. Howell's career with the railroad spanned for more than 44 years, having worked for the Virginian Railroad, Norfolk and Western Railroad and retiring from the Norfolk Southern Railroad as a signal foreman. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Signals.

Mr. Howell was a simple man, he enjoyed his garden, fishing and hunting, building bird houses, being outdoors and collecting trains.

Early in his life, he along with his sisters sung on the Princeton Radio Station for several years. While his health permitted, he attended Painters Chapel United Methodist Church at Speedway.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life of 60 years, Mary Emmaline Hill Howell; a daughter-in-law, Donna S. Howell; and a son-in-law, Keith Danieley. He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Emma Craig, Elva Kendrat, Alma Jean Stewart, and Margaret Craig.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Those left to cherish his memory, six children, Michael Reed Bailey and wife Kathy of Delaware, Martin Edward Howell and friend Janet Holliday, Kenneth “Jerry” Howell all of True, Regina Carol Danieley, Timothy Wayne Howell and wife Ellen all of Pipestem, and Thomas Kevin Howell and wife Melissa of Charlotte North Carolina; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013, from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Tommy Mounts officiating. Military graveside services will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, under the direction of the West Virginia Honor Guard and the Mercer County Veterans Council.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday from noon until the service hour at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared with the family via

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

The Howell family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.

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