Deacon Michael Wesley Howell, Sr., was born on October 26, 1949, the third of six children born to Wesley and Janet Howell. His father Wesley Howell, Jr. and sister, Joyce Curry proceeded him in death.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by Rev. Wallace Sykes at Second Baptist Church in Maywood, Illinois. He received his early education at Washington Elementary School and Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois.
Michael joined the Marine Corps in 1967 and was stationed in boot camp in San Diego, California. His duty was 0300 (Basic Infantry Marine) and he was a 0331 M60 Machine Gunner. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 assigned to Bravo 14 1st Battalion 4th Marine. He was honorably discharged with 2 Purple Hearts in 1971.
In 2013 Michael and his wife, Lynne, relocated to Brunswick, Georgia and joined First Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church in October of that year serving faithfully as a Trustee, Trustee Chairman and Church Financial Officer before being nominated and unanimously voted to be ordained as a Deacon. His Deacon ordination service was held on January 14, 2018. He also served as CFO for the Church Board of Directors and was instrumental in helping the church obtain 501 (c) 3 status.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife, Lynne Howell, his mother, Janet Howell, four children, Keisha Ross (Dwayne), Takiyah Bradford (Michael), Erika Howell and Michael Howell, Jr. Five grandsons, Dwayne Ross, Jr., Devon Ross, Mykell Scott, Marius Bradford and Marlon Bradford, one great-grandson, Paris Ross, four siblings, Donna Bell, Sharon Howell, Joanne Howell, Jeffrey Howell (Andrea), one goddaughter, Taylor Washington, brothers from another mother, Bruce Williams, Glen Durias and Gary (P.C.) Badger and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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