Obituary: Capt. James Ebanks Howell, 1921-2015

 Capt. James Ebanks Howell passed away at home surrounded by his children on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. He was best known to most simply as Howell.

Howell was born on Sept. 20, 1921 to Calvin and Ida Ebanks of West Bay. He married his devoted and loving wife, Marrie Borden Howell of Mount Pleasant, Grand Cayman, in 1949. In 1950, Howell and Marrie moved to Port Arthur, Texas, where their five children were born and raised.

A young man during World War II, Howell joined the Trinidad Volunteer Marine Corps as a signalman. Years later he worked as a merchant marine for Texaco and retired as captain in 1981. Captain Howell loved gardening, being outdoors and telling stories (some more truthful than others) of his life. He was also a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan.

Howell was preceded in death by his wife, Marrie; daughter, Jen Howell Hayden; and grandson, Stephen Howell; four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his son, Dennis Howell (wife Sandy Norris Howell) of Nederland; daughter, Ida Howell Ross (husband Ridley Ross) of San Antonio; daughters Avis Howell and Edith Howell, both of Beaumont; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and one special nephew, Larry Washburn, and one brother-in-law, Owen Farrington, both of Grand Cayman.

Pops, as he is called by his grandchildren, is also survived by: Jimmy Howell of Italy, Christopher Howell of North Carolina, Michael Ross of Florida, Bryan Ross of Alabama, Brittni Boyden Robins of New Mexico, and one step-grandson, Austin Gaspard of Texas. Pops also has three great-grandsons and eight great-granddaughters. Pops is also survived by Freckles, his companion dog of 13 years.

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