Willie Paul Howard

February 8, 1946 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Willie Howard Obituary

Willie Paul Howard, 77 of Adairsville, Georgia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Adairsville Body of Christ Church, 255 St. Elmo Circle, Adairsville, Georgia 30103. The body will lie in state in the church from 10:00A.M. until the hour of service. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 6:00P.M. - 7:00P.M. at the Mack Eppinger and Sons Funeral Home, 210 North  Bartow Street, Cartersville, Georgia 30120. This service will be LIVE-STREAMED. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this time of bereavement.


Willie Paul Howard, aka "Big Eye" and PawPaw, gained his heavenly wings and took flight to endless peace, comfort and eternal joy on December 20, 2023. He was born an only child to his mother Eva Jo Owens and his father James Paul Branch on February 8, 1946.


Michael (Davina) One of my greatest memories of spending time with my dad, brothers, and sisters was my dad pulling up in front of my house every Sunday morning to pick me up for church. He never made any excuses to not be there every Sunday morning blowing the horn. Pops always wanted a new suit and shoes for Christmas or his birthday, so every time I got into the family van on Sunday morning I was trying to let him know that he wasn't the sharpest one in the family van.


Pops even at the ripe age of 77 could still pull an all nighter when we go together for the 4th sitting by the pool we watched the sun go down and back up again me Bryon Jermaine and Bobby Joe was dozing he'd strong out the gate but not much for the finish and was the hardest working man I know love you pops.

Felicia (LORENZA) Daddy this is not goodbye, this is merely see you later gator ��� you were the greatest dad in our whole world, so funny, so kind always (until you tried to whoop me at 19 and pregnant for staying out all night) really! After that you were back on track. I write this not because I didn’t give you flowers while you lived or told or showed you how much I loved you, I wrote so someone here who didn’t know how special you were to us would know that no matter what we loved you know matter what and you loved us just the same. RIH LOVE FALISA AKA (Felicia) yes he called me that ����


I remember growing up in a small town as a kid with my cousins in Calhoun Ga we had a recreation center that was located on River street when we would get out of school for the summer would go swimming at the Rec I was probably about 7or8 years old and dad worked for Apache Mills then with my sister Kim I would stop by on my to the Rec. and ask for money to go swimming and when I got there I would ask Kim at that time not knowing she was my big sister if she could get my daddy for me please, and she would say baby who’s your daddy I would say Paul Owens and she would say ok wait here and he would come and give me $5.00 to go swimming and would say boy you gonna have to get you a job and I would tell him ok can I work here and he would laugh at me and I would leave and go swimming . The thing I will miss about my dad is he never said no he would always try and it’s said but I have the same characteristics they say lol with strong and hard working with jokes to tell he will be deeply missed with a legacy of children,grand children and great grand children. We Love you pop AKA Tee.


Daddy,taught me so much from laying floors to lessons in life that i will now cherish,what i will miss most are the talks that we had,I love you Daddy,he would always tell me to do the right things and that he was still my daddy, I will miss that Daddy but just know that I was listening,not only are you my daddy but now my Angel,my guardian Angel,you are with Kim and Byron,I can hear you saying to him when you got to heaven and seen him,”Boy (in Daddy voice) what are you doing up here”.Hug them tight for me Daddy,thanks for Loving Mercedes and Tonya (Renee) the way you did.It’s gonna be hard without you Daddy,but I’m gonna try my best to be the son,you needed me to be,even more so the man you need me to be, I love you Daddy always “Boy”!


Daddy was the smartest man I know with the amount of education he had. He was a self taught builder and carpenter, he could BBQ but later in life learned how to cook one of his favorite meals which was cube steak and gravy. He left me a voicemail one day asking me how to make the gravy. I’m the daughter that would make him give me a kiss and tell me he love me. He wasn’t that kind of man and I knew he loved me even if he didn’t say it because HE SHOWED IT! He came to live with me for a while and I kissed on my children and he would ask me how many times was I going to kiss them kids a day? How many times you you going to tell them you love them a day? To make this shorter, this is where my dad started saying “I Love you” fluently and he never stopped. I’m so grateful that I was able to care for him at home, spend time with him and kiss him as much as I wanted too. He will be greatly missed and forever loved. RIH daddy, love you always your baby girl. Terra

Willie P. Howard was preceded in death by a lot of family but more recently, his father, James P. Branch, his mother, Eva Jo Owens; his oldest daughter, Kimberly T. Howard Sloan and son, Byron Paul Howard.

He leaves to cherish his life; his friend and baby mama (Mary Jane) aka Mary Ann Howard; brothers, Harry, Danny, and Claude; sisters, Margaret and Maryln; special aunt Bernice; two brother/cousins, Jack Benham and Steve McConnell;special longtime friends, Billy Harris, Junior (Harold Finley), Harry O and others; a special nephew (Chant Man), Chandler Branch; nieces and nephews and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren; and special co-workers, Granny, Shae, Bama, and Mary Jane.

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December 27, 2023

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mack Eppinger and Sons Funeral Home
210 N. Bartow Street
Cartersville, GA 30120

Funeral Service
December 28, 2023

11:00 AM
Adairsville Body of Christ Church (Adairsville, Georgia)

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