On Thursday, March 25, 2021, James Thomas Howland Sr. of Caddo Mills, Texas, passed away at the age of 93.
James was born on Jan. 4, 1928, in Annona, Texas, to Roy and Zelma Howland. The son of East Texas sharecroppers, James was the second-oldest of seven children and grew up working the field with his family. He married his wife, Frances, in 1963 and moved to Rockwall, Texas, where they raised three children. James worked as a filling station attendant and then as a machinist at the Rockwall aluminum plant, from which he retired after 30 years of service. On July 28, 1990, he lost his beloved wife after almost 37 years of marriage.
Affectionately known as Paw Paw, James’ greatest joy was spending time with his large extended family. He enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling and football, mowing, driving his golf cart and, in his later years, even a little reality TV. He loved chicken-fried-chicken and sweets, particularly strawberry yogurt, pronounced with his endearing East Texas drawl. James was a simple man, strong in his Christian faith, and was known to pepper a Thanksgiving prayer with as many “Lords” as possible.
James was preceded in death by his parents, wife Frances Howland, son Baby Howland, son-in-law Richard Palczynsky, grandson Steven Palczynsky, great-granddaughter Avery Palczynsky, great-great-granddaughter Zadie Rose, sister Lucy Vanhoose, and brother Wayne Howland.
He is survived by daughter Connie Miller and husband Thomas, daughter Jalana Palczynsky, and son Jamie Howland and wife Lisa, all of Caddo Mills, Texas. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and countless extended relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Oasis Church, 3387 W I-30 Frontage Road, Caddo Mills, Texas, 75135. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your favorite charity or church.