Gary Edgar Howell


Mr. Gary Edgar Howell passed away unexpectedly at Erlanger Medical Center on May 9, 2021.

Mr. Howell was born on May 22, 1955, in Calhoun, Georgia, to the late Ruth Holyfield and Billy E. Howell. Gary was of the Christian faith and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after over 40 years of service. As a young man, he toured with several country music artists, including Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, Charlie Daniels and Tricia Yearwood. Well known and loved throughout the North Georgia community, he was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast. He loved riding his motorcycle, golfing, and being surrounded by friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jamison Pettit. Survivors include his children, Garett Howell of Cartersville; Blake Howell and daughter-in law, Ashley Howell of Calhoun; daughter, Jacqualinn Gadd and son-in-law, Blake Gadd, of Ocala, Florida; and daughter, Kaitlynn Valentin of Douglasville, Georgia. Also surviving are siblings, Linda Cuouh of Rome, Georgia; Vickie and Lee Chapman of Centre, Alabama; Mike and Carrie Christmas of Calhoun, Georgia; and Melissa and Mike Garland of Calhoun; nieces and nephews, Leroy and Denise Taylor of Calhoun, Penny and Jeff Jones of Rome, and Kimberly and Troy Blankenship of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Dakota Howell, Trey Howell, Emerie Howell, Lathan Howell, Monroe Howell and Everleigh Obannon.

A celebration of life service will be held at Rockbridge Community Church in Calhoun, Georgia, on June 18, 2021, at 6:00PM. The family will receive friends from 5:00PM until the service begins at the church. A memorial motorcycle ride in Gary's honor will be held on June 19, 2021.

For participation or contributions, please contact Wade Russell of the American Legion in Calhoun. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be donated to the American Legion Calhoun Post #47 Christmas for Kids Fund.