Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman

Bernadine S. Ballance, Commissioner
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner

North Carolina
Industrial Commission




TO:         All Interested Parties

FROM:   Chairman Buck Lattimore

DATE:    June 6, 2002

RE:         Director of Safety Education Jim Howell Died June 5

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of Jim Howell, our Director of the Safety Education Section and Managing Director of the North Carolina Statewide Safety Conference. Jim lost his battle with cancer on June 5th.

Jim Howell was an outstanding manager who had a passion for safety and worked tirelessly to improve workplace safety in our state. Over the years, he earned the respect of thousands of managers and workers in businesses and industries across North Carolina as a dynamic teacher and motivator. Safety Councils expanded their safety activity and training as a result of Jim's help. The Commissioners and Jim's staff knew him as a caring manager who always "went to bat" for his employees and the safety program that he loved. I, like so many others, knew him as a true friend with great humor and determination. Jim will be missed by all. I ask you to join me in a moment of silence in memory of Jim and to remember his family, staff and friends in your thoughts and prayers.


James Alexander "Jim" Howell
Director of Safety Education
North Carolina Industrial Commission

James Alexander "Jim" Howell, 66, of 300 Moser St., died at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home after nine months of declining health.

A native of Stanly County, he was the husband of Mrs. Elaine H. Howell, who survives, and the son of Guilford Howell and Grace Mullis Howell, both deceased. He was Director of Safety Education, North Carolina Industrial Commission. He was a graduate of N.C. State University and was the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He was an amateur Ham Radio Operator (K4VHO) and an avid motorcycle rider. He was a member of the New Covenant Fellowship Church.

Survivors other than his wife of the home include two daughters, Mrs. Gwen Sanford and her husband, Bill, of Havelock and Miss Gina Howell of Pleasant Garden; two sons, Steve Howell of the home and Chris Howell of Graham; a granddaughter, Katie Tamayo; a sister, Mrs. Loretta Menzel; and a brother, Jerry Howell.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at New Covenant Fellowship Church by the Rev. David E. Neff. 

Memorials may be made to the New Covenant Fellowship Church, Post Office Box 857, Graham, NC 27253. 

Information was provided by Rich & Thompson Funeral Home & Crematory in Graham.

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