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James Howse



1:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016
Scales & Sons Funeral Home, 314 East State Street, Murfreesboro TN 37130

Visitation with the Family:
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016
Olive Branch Church, 1115 Minerva Drive, Murfeesboro, TN 37130

Celebration of Life:
3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016
Olive Branch Church, 1115 Minerva Drive, Murfeesboro, TN 37130

T.L. and Lillian Wade Howse accomplished much as a couple, however, one of their greatest accomplishments was the birth of their oldest son, James Thomas Howse. His journey through this life began June 13, 1949. They would rear him to be a strong quiet man of great compassion and a huge heart. His journey came to an
end January 23, 2016. Those who completed their journeys before him were his father, T.L. Howse; his wife, Annell Nelson Howse; his brother, Raymond Howse; and his granddaughter, Sabree Dunnaway.
James grew up in the Little Hope community where he was surrounded by his aunts, uncles and cousins. As every other Howse man, he played softball on the field next to his Uncle Jack and Aunt Mary's house. He attended the Little Hope Elementary School and
graduated from Holloway High School as a proud member of the Class of 1967. He was also a member of the Agriculture Club. After graduation, he served two years in the United States Air Force during the height of the Viet Nam War.
During his high school career he fell in love with and married the former Annell Nelson. They became the proud parents of Christopher, Tywana, Tammy and James, Jr. "Buster".
James accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the Lillard Chapel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed visiting with many of his family members at Progressive Primitive Baptist Church but never moved his membership from Lillard Chapel. No matter
what church he was attending he was always called on to lead the congregation in prayer.
He was man who was used to working with his hands and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. He would put his skills for masonry work to use in the creation of his first business, Howse Construction and Extraction. He later branched out as a licensed funeral director after
graduating from Mortuary School in Alabama. He put his training to work as he formed a partnership in HelIum-Howse Funeral home; association with Rucker Memorial Funeral Home and the Sadler Funeral Home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He would also earn a
barber's license and worked locally to practice his skills.
James loved people and he loved cruising around town with a huge smile on his face and his arm hanging outside the window. Everyone in town recognized his truck and he took great pride in the way he kept it. He loved antiques and frequented many places where
antiques were sold and traded. One of his friends remembered him with these words that sum up the man James really was: "He was the most generous, kindest and understanding person that I have ever known. Everybody that he met was a friend to him. He was one
of a kind." Those who knew and loved him will always remember his "double-bass" voice as he prayed and his slow smile that crept up on his face when he saw you.
Those who remain to cherish his memories are his mother, Lillian Wade Howse; children, Christopher Howse, Tywana Howse, Jimmy Dunnaway, Tammy (Tyson) Smith, Jarrod Howse and James Howse, Jr.; grandchildren, Jacquita Haynes, Crystal Howse,
Carrie Howse, Cydney Smith, Cameron Smith and Aria Home; great grandchildren, Terrell "TJ" Searcy and Cayden Hyde; uncle, Jack (Annie) Wade; aunt, Annie Mae Howse; sisters-in-law, Helen Phillip) Hutchinson, Paulette (Frank) Albert, Ana Mae Gregory and Jolaine Howse; brothers-in-law, Charles Nelson and Robert
(Rockie) Nelson; daughter-in-law, Cresseda Howse; many other family members; a loving church family; and devoted friends, Dorothy Malone, David "Sonny" Howse, Jimmy T. Randolph, James Martin, Dedrick Norman, Lillie James and Clarence Wallace.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371