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Samuel Lee Howell

Samuel Lee Howell, 59, of Sylva, transitioned from this earthly life on June 3, 2019, at Mountain Trace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. A lifelong resident of Sylva, Samuel was born January 29, 1960. His parents were the late Lillie Jo Howell and Vester Arnold (Stepfather). At an early age, Samuel was baptized and became a member of Liberty Baptist Church. After graduating from Sylva-Webster High School in 1978, he pursued a career in retail sales. He was employed as a sales associate for Roses and Family Dollar Stores for several years. "Sam" will be remembered for his friendly personality, politeness and contagious smile. He had a weird sense of humor, a style of his own, a green thumb for growing plants and could cook a tasty meal. Most of all, he exhibited a "good heart" to those who knew him well. Survivors are three brothers from Sylva, James Phillip, Ronald Jr. and Donald Jr. Howell; one sister Janice (Clifford) Williams of Roseboro, NC, one aunt, Betty Howell of Lafayette, GA, one nephew Brian Williams, one grandnephew Brevin Williams both from Roseboro, NC, and a host of other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday June 8, 2019 at Liberty Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Lee and Wanda Moore officiating. . .

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There is no one in the world who could give a hug that felt as good as the ones Sam could give. No matter how bad anyone was feeling if you ran into Sam your mood would change to a happy one. I will miss you Sam I am blessed to have the memories of you I have Heaven is a happier place with you there.

Sherri Willis Sep 13 2019 12:00 AM

I will never forget how you and your family adopted me into your family when I was a student at WCU. Although we lost contact over the years, I never forgot our friendship. Now it's your time to go and rest high on that mountain. Your memory will forever be a part of me.

Erick Smithwick Sep 9 2019 12:00 AM

I went to school with Sammy. He was one of the sweetest person I knew! I am sorry for your loss!

Elizabeth Payne Sutton Jun 10 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Samuel Howell

Elizabeth Payne Sutton Jun 10 2019 12:00 AM

It won't be the same when I come home and go to grandma's driving past Sam's and he no longer being part of the neighborhood. I will hold fond memories of Sam from him ALWAYS having a dollar for me and my brother EVERY time we saw him when we were kids, to him bringing a huge snake he had just killed for us to see, to him always having a story to tell. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life. Aunt Janice, Uncle Donald and Uncle Ronald, you will be in my thoughts ... and please know, Sam will be remembered every time I drive up Ebony Drive! Love, Jalen Los Angeles, California

Jalen Rosbor Jun 8 2019 12:00 AM

To my family, our sincere sympathy on the passing of Sam. He was my favorite cousin, always full of life. So many beautiful memories that we share whenever we came up to visit. Mom loves you all and if we can do anything please let us know. I know you and daddy are up there having a good time! Rip

Kimberly -Howell Blakemore Jun 7 2019 12:00 AM

To my family Janice,Phil, Ronald and Donald I have been thinking about our trips from Georgia to visit the family in N.C so many good memories I remember Sam always organizing the cookouts and making sure everything was in order lol he will be missed we Love yall and our prayers are with you all. Love You all my dear cousins. Vicki (Howell) Burse & family

Vicki Howell Burse Jun 7 2019 12:00 AM

Sammy was a wonderful friend and i will miss him

chris brooks Jun 7 2019 12:00 AM

All of us who knew Sammy loved him! I will pray for the family and friends who remember him well. God bless you all!

Sherry Fox Jun 7 2019 12:00 AM

Sam was definitely one of a kind...so intelligent and funny...we our friends would all be together cutting up and being us...he was never not able to fit in with any crowd....the young the old the kids and the party crowd he was there and we loved him....will miss you

Portia Lee no Jun 7 2019 12:00 AM

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