Linda Dianne Howell

January 13, 2011

Linda Dianne Howell, 63, of Jay, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Other than five years in Pascagoula, MS, she lived her entire life in Jay, Florida. She succumbed to diabetes after a courageous 46 year battle. She was a lifetime member of Cora Baptist Church.

Dianne “Di” graduated from Jay High School in 1965 and went to Larson’s Business College, graduating with a Business Degree in Accounting.

She was preceded in death by her precious son, James Marvin Howell, Jr., who passed away in 2008 at the age of 39 of the same disease. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Oren and Elizabeth Holloway, and brother, Oren Michael “Mike” Holloway.

Dianne is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, James Marvin “Jim” Howell and a beautiful daughter, Dana (Sammy Jr.) Lowery. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Eloise Howell of Century, FL. She has three grandchildren, whom she adored, Andrew Howell (U.S. Marine Corp-Camp, Lejeune, NC) and Brandy and Hunter Lowery of Jay; brothers, Eddie (Mary) Holloway of Silver City, New Mexico, and Greg (Dawn) Holloway of Jay; sisters, Charolette (Eddie) Flowers of Jay, Marsha (Vic) Rutherford of Pensacola and Susan (Mark) McGee of Jay; brothers-in-law, Ed (Myrna) Howell and Bob (Diane) Howell and numerous nieces and nephews all who felt like Aunt Di’s favorite; special neighbors, Gina Patterson, Kay and Rita Nevels and families and longtime friends, Helen and Jerry Lowery of South Carolina.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 6 to 9 P.M. at Jay Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Jay Funeral Home with Rev. LaDon Hall and Rev. Robert Gandy officiating services. Burial will follow at Cora Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Ryan Bitely, Aaron Farish, Joshua Holloway, Mark McGee, Geno Oliver, and Ricky Patterson.

Honorary pallbearers are David Bush, Terry Bauldree, Billy Hill, Jim Settles, Jerry Burgess, Gary Holloway, and Max Houston.

Di was an Angel who walked this earth and has taken her place in Heaven. She was and is the definition of unconditional love.

The family would like to give a special thanks to The Century Dialysis Center in Century, Florida.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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