George Dewey Howell, Jr., departed this life on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at his residence surrounded by his loving wife and family at the age of 92 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born July 20, 1930, in Maryville, Tennessee, to the late George D. Howell, Sr, and Sarah Kiskadden Howell, he received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Maryville College and went to work as a chemist at Oak Ridge Laboratory. At a young age he received a military exemption from serving in the Korean Conflict due to wartime work at Oak Ridge. He retired after more than 30 years at the laboratory.
George was a “Mister Fixit” who assisted many friends, neighbors and even strangers with countless projects. As a young man he loved airplanes and earned his license to fly, but decided to stay close to the ground after his children were born. Hobbies included yard work, woodworking, and his beloved NASCAR on weekends. He was Presbyterian in his faith and member of the choir in his younger years. He had a passion for orchestra music that began when he played the sousaphone in high school.
George is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Doris Rogers Howell of Jackson, TN; his daughter Catherine Frye and her husband, Steve, of Jackson, TN; son George D. Howell III and his husband, Sandy Kozik, of Memphis, TN; brother William Howell and wife Joan of Maryville, TN; two grandsons, Justin Amos Page (Hannah) and Ethan Rogers Page (Whitney); and four great-grandchildren, Will Page, Sam Page, Greta Page, and Ruby Page, all of Nashville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Kiskadden Howell (Peggy) of Indianapolis, Indiana.
SERVICES: His survivors will welcome family and friends at Arrington Funeral Directors from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 for stories and celebration of a life well-lived.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at
or the American Cancer Society, 718 Union Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 or online at
Arrington Funeral Directors, 1148 W. University Parkway