Wilson Daily Times, 10 November 1939.
William J. Howell was an early member of the Red Hot Hose Company, Wilson’s African-American volunteer fire department.
In the 1922 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Howell Wm J lab 525 Stemmery
In the 1925 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Howell Wm J lab 525 Stemmery
On 8 March 1929, W.J. Howell, 58, married Henrietta King, 50, in Wilson. Baptist minister B.F. Jordan performed the ceremony in the presence of George W. Coppedge, Eva M. Hines, and Willie Faulkland.
In the 1930 Hill’s Wilson, N.C., city directory: Howell Wm J lab Hackney Wagon Co 106 W Gold
William J. Howell died 8 November 1939 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 67 years old; was born in Cumberland County, N.C., to Rachel Barnes; was married to Henrietta Howell; worked as a laborer; and lived at 517 Church Street.