Gayle Howell Obituary

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Gayle Murray Howell

August 9, 1918 - April 13, 2014
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Gayle Murray Howell 8/9/18-4/13/14 Gayle Murray Howell was born at home in Island, Kentucky on August 9, 1918. His mother Ruth was a homemaker and his father Will was a CPA for a mining company. He was brought up in the Baptist church, which was directly across the street from his home, where his father was a deacon until he passed in 1955. Gayle had 2 brothers, Alney, who passed at the age of five from yellow fever, and Randall, a CPA with GE who remained in Owensboro, KY and passed at 99. Gayle attended college for a year and a half in Kentucky. He left college after becoming enthralled with Naval Aviation. He stationed all over the...
Gayle Murray Howell
8/9/18-4/13/14

Gayle Murray Howell was born at home in Island, Kentucky on August 9, 1918. His mother Ruth was a homemaker and his father Will was a CPA for a mining company. He was brought up in the Baptist church, which was directly across the street from his home, where his father was a deacon until he passed in 1955. Gayle had 2 brothers, Alney, who passed at the age of five from yellow fever, and Randall, a CPA with GE who remained in Owensboro, KY and passed at 99.

Gayle attended college for a year and a half in Kentucky. He left college after becoming enthralled with Naval Aviation. He stationed all over the United States for the nine years he spent in the Navy. Upon his honorable discharge in September of 1945 at the Great Lakes Naval Base, he returned to Pensacola to his first wife, and his only child (Cookie) was born the following February.

Gayle retired from Civil Service NAS Main Side after 34 years of faithful service to the United States Navy. Such was his love of Naval aviation he had built models of all types of Naval aircraft and suspended them from the ceiling throughout his home.

His love of travel was expanded with his second wife, with two extended around the world tours.
Gale also loved cars and motorcycles and flying. He obtained his private pilots license after the war.
He could fix anything and loved to tinker. He was always ready to help neighbors and friends with projects they were working on.

He was a self taught musician, proficient in playing the piano, organ, guitar and banjo. He enjoyed "picking an a grinning" on his banjo with Sophia, his third wife, at this side at some of the local watering holes.
He was a very snappy dresser and had clothes and shoes for every occasion and holiday.
He loved animals and they loved him, especially cats. When weather permitted he would sit in the swing on the patio and watch the birds on the feeder. He loved the outdoors.

He loved to sing and had a beautiful voice and was a founding member of the Belles & Beaus singing group for 17 years. His last performance with the Belles & Beaus was in March, 2014.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites, and the Hadji Shrine Temple.
He was also a member of th RSVP Club, Over 55 Club, Senior Follies, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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