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Reverend James Dale Howie

Reverend James Dale Howie

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Reverend James D. Howie, 89, of Donnellson, IL, formerly of Sparta, IL; born on December 20, 1934 in Eden, IL, the son of Walter R. and Luella (Fullerton) Howie; passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at home.

Rev. Howie graduated from Sparta High School and went on to attend and graduate from Millikin University in Decatur, IL.  He also received the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and simultaneously served six different churches/communities for over 55 years.  Rev. Howie was ordained as a minister on June 28, 1959 and started preaching full-time in September of the same year.  Nothing slowed him down; after suffering through several unexpected health issues at a young age, James overcame them and dedicated his life to God.  He was a Pastor to the Larger Parish of the Open Door which consisted of churches in Butler, Donnellson, Reno-Bethel, Sorento, Waveland, and Witt.  Until his health limited him several years ago, James took a trip to his recreational property in Pitkin, Colorado every summer and helped revitalize the Community Church in the town during those summer visits.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother – Walter Robert Howie, and sister – Marjorie Essex.

Rev. Howie is survived by one brother – William Joe (Jane) Howie of Connecticut; sister-in-law – Jeannette Howie; brother-in-law – Donald Essex; four nieces – Robin (Todd) Stroh, Nancy (Scott) Boutot, Crystal Phillips, and Tanya (Darrell) Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice or Sparta Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.

The Visitation will be held at the Sparta Reformed Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ross Fearing officiating.  Committal Services will take place at Hill Prairie Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Thomas W. Busch says:

    One of my cherished possessions is an autographed copy of his album “Gooseberry Pie and Other Delights” [Rounder Records]. I heard Pastor Howie in a folk concert in LaDue Auditorium at Greenville College (now University) in the 1970’s. His Christian faith and ministry are well-known in Bond and Montgomery counties.

  2. Jim Dunn says:

    My condolences to the family of Rev Howie. He married my wife, Bobbi, and I on October 15, 1972 in Hillsboro, IL. My wife and her sister Pat were members of the church when they were kids. Blessings!

  3. Dan and Cindy (Fenton) Billington and family says:

    Our family was saddened to hear of Rev. Howie’s passing. I’ve known him all my life.
    I grew up attending Waveland Church. He married my husband and I and then when our children were young they attended a Bible study class Rev. Howie had at my mom’s house and they had so much fun.
    We were not in touch with him over the past 20 years or so, but have never forgotten him. He was such a wonderful man of God and a great pastor and friend. Our prayers are with the family.

  4. alvin yeske says:

    I and my family are saddened to hear of the passing of Rev Howie. I tried to remain in contact with Jim after his retirement. He made a great impact both in my personal and spiritual life. He made a great impact on the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Witt and other churches he served. My prayers are with his family and know that he is with the Lord. in heaven. Rev Howie will always be in our hearts.

  5. Susan Parker says:

    Mike and Anne I am so sorry to hear of Mr Howies passing. I am so proud my grandson (our grandson) carry’s on his name. I am also greatful for getting to hear Reverend Howie preach the gods word before he passed. Prayers to all the Fullerton family.

  6. Wes Clanton says:

    I’ve known this man for all my 66 years of my life. He was our neighbor when I was a child, and I also attended his church as a child. He has also officiated the funerals for members of my family. I don’t think I have ever called him by his first name, (if fact when I read his obituary, I had to think if I ever knew it). He has always been Rev Howie to me and always will. He was truly a good man and will be missed.

    Condolences to the Family
    Wes Clanton

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  1. I’ve known this man for all my 66 years of my life. He was our neighbor when I was a child, and I also attended his church as a child. He has also officiated the funerals for members of my family. I don’t think I have ever called him by his first name, (if fact when I read his obituary, I had to think if I ever knew it). He has always been Rev Howie to me and always will. He was truly a good man and will be missed.

    Condolences to the Family
    Wes Clanton

    Reply
  2. Mike and Anne I am so sorry to hear of Mr Howies passing. I am so proud my grandson (our grandson) carry’s on his name. I am also greatful for getting to hear Reverend Howie preach the gods word before he passed. Prayers to all the Fullerton family.

    Reply
  3. I and my family are saddened to hear of the passing of Rev Howie. I tried to remain in contact with Jim after his retirement. He made a great impact both in my personal and spiritual life. He made a great impact on the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Witt and other churches he served. My prayers are with his family and know that he is with the Lord. in heaven. Rev Howie will always be in our hearts.

    Reply
  4. Our family was saddened to hear of Rev. Howie’s passing. I’ve known him all my life.
    I grew up attending Waveland Church. He married my husband and I and then when our children were young they attended a Bible study class Rev. Howie had at my mom’s house and they had so much fun.
    We were not in touch with him over the past 20 years or so, but have never forgotten him. He was such a wonderful man of God and a great pastor and friend. Our prayers are with the family.

    Reply
  5. My condolences to the family of Rev Howie. He married my wife, Bobbi, and I on October 15, 1972 in Hillsboro, IL. My wife and her sister Pat were members of the church when they were kids. Blessings!

    Reply
  6. One of my cherished possessions is an autographed copy of his album “Gooseberry Pie and Other Delights” [Rounder Records]. I heard Pastor Howie in a folk concert in LaDue Auditorium at Greenville College (now University) in the 1970’s. His Christian faith and ministry are well-known in Bond and Montgomery counties.

    Reply

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