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“I'm so sorry for your loss. Donald was a friendly face at Bluefield College, and I always enjoyed our conversations. I'm praying for you all. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Nathan Cronk - Charlotte, NC

“Roger,Our hearts were greatly saddened when we learned of Donald's passing. I cannot image your sorrow and no words can express it. It is rare in...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: David Gibson - Williamsburg, VA

“Roger and Family,Very sorry to hear of Donald's passing. He was always such a respectful and caring young man. I so enjoyed watching him pitch, he...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Wishard - Fredericksburg, VA

“We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know how sad we are for your family.Sincerely,Cindy and Luke Miller ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Cynthia Miller - King George, VA

“Roger & family,My heart and prayers are with you. Marylou ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Marylou Cumberland - King George, VA

“Dear Family, I am deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Donald. I have many fond memories of him spending the weekends at my home. He was a...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Debby Honaker - Tannersville, VA

“Dear Mr. Howell: John and I want you to know of our deep sorrow at Donald's passing into the presence of our Lord. He was always a joy to see at...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Cizik - Fredericksburg, VA

“roger and familyI remember the day I first met Donald, when he was in my son Jeffrey's 3rd grade class- as they had the same last name. What a nice...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Marie Colitti

“Roger and family, Charlie and I will always remember the fun times our grandson Nick Garza had playing baseball with Donald when you formed the AAU...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Charles and Christine Peyton - VA

“Roger and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Donald was such a friendly and always polite young man. It is heart-breaking to know...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Roger, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine the pain and grief that you are feeling. We don't always know or...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Clay Howard - Friend

“To the family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Donald's passing. I will always remember his smile, his competitive nature, and his love for...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sandy and Larry Salmi Covington - NY

“Roger ,Elizabeth and the Howell family, Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you close in thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Andi and Bill Bishop - VA

Donald Carr Howell, II of King George sprinted off the field to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 10, 2017. He was born January 17, 1988. He was a 2006 graduate of King George High School and an outstanding baseball player for the Foxes where his teammates called him "DUCK" and "Don Don." He was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2006, as well as being voted the recipient of The Courage Award by the Foxes coaches. Donald attended Bluefield College in West Virginia where he was the starting pitcher and closer for four years on the baseball team taking them to the NCCAA DIV 1 Christian College National Championship in 2009, where he was also awarded the MVP as well as First Team All American. He took the team back to the Championship game in 2010 where they finished second and he was awarded First Team All American.

Donald loved the game of baseball and from an early age, he showed superior skills in the game and excelled in the pitching position. He studied the game and the many games within the game to a degree never seen before. If you wanted a stat, no matter how unknown the player was, he could tell you his batting average, uniform number, whether he was a righty, lefty or switch hitter and teams he played on. He did this in high school as well where he excelled at striking out opposing batters by remembering pitches and locations. As a member of the 2006 King George Foxes he amassed 145 strike outs in a single season with an arsenal of five different pitches with any pitch, any count and any location. At Bluefield College he studied the opposing batters and used these skills, as not only a starting pitcher, but as an outstanding closer. He was awarded the Fireman Award in 2009 and 2010 seasons by the Rams. He was awarded several NCCAA DIV 1 All American Awards as both first team starting pitcher but also as first team closer during his college career. Donald was a "DIE HARD CUBS FAN "and when they won the 2016 World Series it was as though he was hooked up to electricity. He was so happy jumping around and yelling. I still don't know why the CUBS? Of all the teams, he chose the CUBS.

In his short life of 29 years he touched the hearts and souls of many people and will be missed by all who knew him. His smile would light up a room and his laugh was infectious. Count yourself lucky if he was your friend and teammate. He loved everyone and never met a person he didn't like. He was a ferocious competitor on the field and a teddy bear off the field.

He was always willing to help another person even if it meant doing without or changing his plans and for that I am proud of him.
He was more than my son he was my friend and I will always love him.

Donald is survived by his father, Roger Howell; older brother, Robert Howell; and step-mother, Elizabeth Howell. He is preceded in death by his mother, Sue Ellen "Crevier" Howell who passed away in June of 2006 after a short but courageous battle with glioblastoma multiform. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August the 17th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Condolences may be left at