Floyd Howell

Floyd Lee Howell

Monday, November 28th, 1932 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Floyd Lee Howell, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 6, 2020. He was born on November 28, 1932, in Sparta, Tennessee to the late Delbert and Mary Goodwin Howell. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his infant son, Michael Lee Howell; and his brother Milbern Howell.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne “Sue” Howell; son, Douglas Steven Howell; daughters, Pam Howell Meadows and her husband, Ronnie Meadows, Angela Howell Ellis, and Jennifer Howell Cameron. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, whom he loved and cherished and was immensely proud of like no other Granddaddy, Hailey Michelle Ellis, and Tyler Lewis Cameron. There will be no other love or bond like the one he shared with them. He was the Granddaddy who would break the rules of “no candy” to make his grandkids happy as well as watch Wonder Woman and Superman with them, let them cut his hair and be their biggest cheerleader and best friend.
He served in the United States Navy in the 1st Regimen, Company 321 and was a proud Veteran and member of the American Legion. He and Sue shared a great respect and admiration for active members of all branches of service and veterans alike. They regularly donated goods and items for donations to the Virginia Veteran’s Care Center in Salem, as well as provided many haircuts.
His chosen professional career of 59 years was that of a Barber. He owned and then later trained and co-owned Floyd and Sue’s Barber Shop in Salem with his wife, Sue. There were always smiles and many stories shared in those barber chairs. He gave many “first” haircuts which in time trickled down too many generations that were to come. He took great pride in his business and enjoyed the many friendships he made over the years with his customers.
He also had a great love for music and had a band known as, “Floyd Howell and the Country Bumpkins.” In addition to booking shows for performances, he many times would hold benefit shows for the American Cancer Society and the Veteran’s Administration. He shared his love of music and was always ready to sing along. His favorite song was, “Family Tradition” by Hank Williams, Jr. He would still sing this as well as “Hey Good Looking” in the most recent days; memories that will always be cherished.
Although his family is greatly saddened by his loss, we take comfort in knowing that he is whole and free again.

He also was a member of the Star City Cruisers and enjoyed many car shows and weekend events showing his 1976 Cadillac Sedan Deville. He won several awards including taking first place in his class several times which always put a big smile on his face.

A funeral service to celebrate Floyd’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, Va., with Pastor Gary Butcher officiating. Interment will be private.
Friends may visit with the family from 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020, at the funeral home.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, February 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 2:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Gary Butcher
  • Interment

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
    Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
    5070 Cove Rd NW
    Roanoke, VA 24017
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Chris Vest

Posted at 04:16pm
So sorry to hear of Floyd's passing. Both he and his wife cut hair for my Dad and I over the years. Always a really nice man and family. You are in everyone's thoughts and prayers in the upcoming days and in the future. Take care.

steven stone

Posted at 02:20pm
Floyd you cut my hair as a child for years. after 40 years we reunited for more hair cuts and friendship.
you will be in my memories forever. to Sue, I wish you the best know you will cherish the memories you two made
steve stone

Marie Hurt

Posted at 01:38pm
Reading this with so many wonderful memories and shedding tears of sadness and joy. Sue, you and Floyd gave so much to my family with your love and wisdom. Love you.

Madeline Arbury (Andy Yopps Daughter)

Posted at 05:25pm
Floyd was such a beautiful soul. Always kind and smiling. Im so thankful for all the fond memories I have of both of you. I was very lucky to know him
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