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James Thomas 'Mix' Howell

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A memorial service for James Thomas Howell will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in the Burkhalter Chapel. Reverend Brian Mercer will officiate. Visitation will follow the memorial service at the church.

Graveside services will be Monday, September 27 at 10:00 A.M. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Simsboro, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Thomas was born on November 22, 1919, at home in Simsboro, LA. He passed away on September 25, 2010. Thomas was known affectionately as “Mix” by family and friends. The nickname came from an early cowboy movie star, Tom Mix.

Mix graduated from Simsboro High School and attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute. He earned his tuition by milking cows at the Tech Dairy Farm. His college career ceased when he joined the Louisiana National Guard in 1940. Thomas was in Battery F of the Ruston unit. This unit was ordered to active duty in the U. S. Army to take part in a training maneuver to prepare for WWII.

Thomas remained on active duty until the war ended in 1945. At that time, he was part of a large force in Okinawa poised for an invasion of Japan in November.

Upon completing his military service, Thomas returned home to help his brother, Jimmie, with the family farm. He later served as a fireman at the Louisiana Ordnance Plant near Minden from 1953-1988.

Mix was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Sarah Durrett Howell, sisters Louise Howell Riser and Dorothy Mae Howell Spencer. He is survived by his brother Jimmie Howell and wife Nelda; sister, Sarah Ellen (Sadie) Howell Kincannon and husband Benjamin Pat.

Mix was a loving uncle to his ten nieces and nephews: Skippy Quin, Margaret Ann James, Antionette Anderson, Janice Carroll, Richard Howell, Brenda Howell, Tom Kincannon, Ted Kincannon, Ben Kincannon, and Kathy Kincannon Warren.

Also saddened by the loss of Mix is his extended family; Priscilla, Tom, David, and Robert Bowman.

His happy smile and fun loving nature will be greatly missed by those who knew him best.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Kincannon, Ted Kincannon, Ben Kincannon, Richard Howell, Benji James, Al James, Tom Bowman, David Bowman, and Robert Bowman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel James, Adam James, Jesse James, Chase Lambert, Hunter Thompson, Dusty McHale, Bob Kincannon, Jordan Kincannon, Brian Carroll, and Luke Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

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