Leland Earl Howell, age 81 of Shelby, passed away at home on Monday, March 7, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Leland is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Whitten Howell of the home, his children, Janet Whitaker (David) of Gastonia, NC, Scarlet Jones (Russell) of Charlotte, NC, Cindy Sandidge (Scott) of Lynchburg, VA, and Daniel Howell (Angie) of Earl, NC, seven grandchildren, Graham Whitaker (Danielle), Tori Oliver (Craig), Emma DeArmon (Kyle), Hannah Sanderson (Eric), Olivia Sims (Aaron), Ryan Sandidge, William Jones, and Claire Sandidge, a great grandson, Huxley Sims, and a sister, Betty Sturkie of Columbia, SC.
Born in Columbia, SC, Leland was the son of the late Thomas A. Howell and Thella Mae Spires Howell and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Grayson Whitaker, a sister, Dorothy Gantt, and two brothers, Olin and Marvin Howell.
Leland was born in Columbia, SC and then moved to North Carolina in 1964. He was a faithful member, deacon, and Sunday School teacher at Morning Star Baptist Church. He retired from Doran Mills in 2001 and enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, and watching the SC Gamecocks play football (Go Cocks). He loved the Lord with his whole heart and loved sharing his faith with others. He will be missed by his family and friends but no doubt heard the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, March 10, 2022 at Morning Star Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Keith Linzy. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Cleveland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
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A service of Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory, Inc.