Dudley-John Wayne “Papa John” Howell, 68, passed away Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. Born in Wayne County on November 15, 1951, he was the son of the late Johnny D. Howell and Irene Lewis Howell.
Papa John worked for several years as a parts manager with both the local Nissan and Honda dealerships in Goldsboro. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Emmaus Baptist Church.
Papa John was a man of many talents. He loved to “tinker” and could fix anything. A gifted musician, Papa John could sing as well as play his bass guitar. His greatest joy in life were his grandchildren, he loved the role of “Papa John.” Papa John possessed a quit-wit and was full of one-liners, he loved to make people laugh. He had a great faith, in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Papa John spent many hours reading his Bible and meditating in prayer.
A private service will be held for the family at Westwood United Methodist Church in Goldsboro.
Papa John is survived by his son, Michael Howell and wife, Sabrina; the joys of his life, his grandchildren, Taylor Howell Ware and husband, Tyler, Kaylee Howell, and Finlee Howell; and he was anticipating the birth of his first great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Bernice Howell and Betty Jane Cooke.
Online condolences may be sent to www.seymourfuneralhome.com.
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