William E. Jowell
William E. "Bill" Jowell left his earthly home, surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years and his three children Thursday, October 24.

Bill was born in Silverton, Texas August 19, 1932 to John E. and Miriam Crass Jowell. He graduated from Silverton High School in 1949. He then began studies at West Texas State University. In 1953, he joined the US Navy. During his nine years of service, he was stationed in California, Japan, Guam, Alaska and Germany. After his honorable discharge, he returned to WT to finish his degree. While there he "met the love of my life, Bonita Kay Dunnihoo".

After graduation, he worked in Amarillo and Lubbock. He enrolled in Texas Tech, earning his teaching certification and master's degree. He taught vocational agriculture at Rochester and Smyer High Schools before obtaining a PhD in Education from The University of Missouri. He joined the faculty at Sam Houston University in 1974, after a year at Ranger Jr. College. He taught Ag Mechanics classes until he retired in 1999. He was instrumental in adding and overseeing an Ag Mechanics competition to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He was very involved in running and judging ag competitions. Bill thoroughly enjoyed the career at SHSU, making many life-long friends.

The ultimate "Handy Man", he enjoyed making items for his grandchildren, giving rides on the lawn mower, swinging them, reading to them, making pancakes, and developing their baseball and softball skills. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the grandchildren's games. He coached some of his daughter's softball teams, plus recording and reviewing every basketball game she played. As a 45-year member of UHBC, Mr. Bill served as a preschool teacher and "Snack Man", VBS snow cone man, and on the kitchen and grounds committees.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law. He is survived by his wife Bonita Kay, three children--Phil Jowell (Tina), Debbie Jowell Taylor (Jeff), Linda Jowell Woods (Earl). His grandchildren were his pride and joy. They are Christina Jowell, Brittany Gaona, Diana Cortez, Brooke Hernandez, Samantha Taylor, Kylie and Carson Woods. His eleven great-grandchildren are Iris, Dustin, Zachary, Audrey, Sophi, Addie, Joseph, Joshua, Brooklyn, Kingston and Luca. He also leaves a brother, John Jowell (Belva), of Dumas, Texas.

The family is indebted to Dr. Crow and the Huntsville Millennium nurses and staff, Drs. Siddiqi and Fernandez, and the very loving Kindred Hospice caregivers.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Huntsville's University Heights Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Billy Harrell Endowment Fund Scholarship at SHSU, Boy's Ranch of Amarillo or the American Cancer Society would be welcomed.
Published on October 29, 2019


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Joey Slovacek
Nov 01, 2019
Dr. Jowell was certainly one of kind....he would do anything for anyone. During my time at SHSU I had the honor of being in several of his classes. To say he never met a stranger would be an understatement. I remember several years ago (at least 20 years after my graduation in 1990) while we were attending the HLS&R, we happened to meet on the elevator both headed to the Rodeo office and almost instantly he recognized me and a conversation ensued. As I stated ONE OF A KIND is an understatement.....condolences to the family on the loss of a hero ! Thank you Dr. Jowell for your service to SHSU Ag Department. Joey Slovacek, Class of '90
Brooke Jowell
Oct 30, 2019
There is so much I can't even put in words.. from Sunday lunches to sharing birthday dinners with you. I think one of my favorite birthday memories was you picking me up from school and taking me to panchos.. you were so special and will be very much missed. No matter how down and out I was, you never looked at me with any judgement I knew I could always talk to you and you always had this amazing glowing smile that radiated to everyone around you. Love you bunches.. and I know your up in heaven rejoicing in the Lord's presence..
Tina Jowell
Oct 30, 2019
Oh this man! He was truly the patriarch of our family!! Although he was not my father, he was more like a father to me than a father-n-law. He taught me so much!
Bill gave me my first tool box with tools, power drill, drill bits, and extension cord....AND he expected me to use them! He was ALWAYS available when I needed him to help build/fix something, but more than that, he would teach me how to do it at the same time.
My fondest memory of Bill is when he took me on a deep sea fishing trip for my birthday. We had a little side competition to see who could catch the most. Of course he probably let me win but he caught the one and only shark! And he often reminded me of that!
I already m
...iss his sweet voice on the other end of the phone, his straight to the point conversations, and his pancakes.
Thank you Bonita, Phil, Debbie, and Linda for sharing this amazing man with me. I am a better person because Bill Jowell was in my life.
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Jennifer Rich
Oct 30, 2019
Debbie I’m so sad about your Dad’s passing.
I’ve been praying for you and will continue to do so.