Joe Francis Howell, Jr. age 72, passed away at home on October 2, 2021, in Plaquemine, La. His battle with cancer over the last 7 months showed his strength and courage as well as his determination to provide and care for all of those he loved. Joe is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kim Joffrion Howell; their daughter, Exie Laura Meredith; his daughters, Melissa Erwin, spouse Jason Erwin and Stephanie Gernentz, spouse Joe Gernentz; as well as his grandchildren, Ashlon Lusk, Aedin Lusk, Brenna Meredith, Grace Erwin, Crawford Erwin, John Robert Green, Keeley Meredith, and James Grayson Green. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe F. Howell; mother, Exie Laura Howell; and sister Bettye Virginia Howell. Joe was born in Haughton, Louisiana but then moved to Plaquemine in 1975 to continue his career in law enforcement. Through the years Joe accomplished so much, including working for various sheriff's offices and police departments in Louisiana and Florida. He also was a firefighter, even teaching at LSU Fire Academy and served as the President of the Port Allen Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years. He was a business owner and entrepreneur, moving to Florida in 1986 to open Captain J's Dive Shop in Destin. He then returned to Louisiana and owned Superior Pawn in Port Allen as well as Feliciana Trading Post, in Clinton. Most recently Joe went back to full time law enforcement with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Joe was always a very an active member of his community, including the past President of the West Baton Rouge and East Feliciana Chamber of Commerce, and a Shriner with the Acacia Shrine, where he served at Potentate for this past year 2020-2021. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 4-6 pm at the Port Allen Community Center. The family would like to send a special thanks to the staff of Heart of Hospice for their care and compassion during this time, as well as the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Please share memories online at www.wilbertservices.com
Published by The Advocate from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2021.