Gregory A. Howell, 46

Bread truck driver

June 24, 2007

Gregory A. Howell Sr., a bread company truck driver and ardent Ravens fan who often watched football with a group of buddies at a Southwest Baltimore diner, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in West Baltimore. He was 46.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Howell studied at Frederick Douglass High School, said his wife, Dollene Howell.

For more than 20 years, he worked as a router and driver supervisor.

Last year, he took a job as a driver with the Schmidt Baking Co. in Baltimore.

He enjoyed fishing near Crisfield, bowling and watching shows at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. He listened to jazz, R&B and Motown, especially the Temptations, his wife said.

He loved to cook feasts for his family. He was known for his potato salad, crab cakes, candied yams, pigs' feet and turkey wings.

"You name it, he fixed it," said a sister-in-law, Veronica Ricks of West Baltimore.

He was a passionate Ravens fan and made sure to catch every game, either at the stadium or on television. "You would have thought he was a Raven," his wife said.

He watched many of the games with a group of friends at the State Diner on Wilkens Avenue. He met his wife, the former Dollene Coleman there in 2003.

They married in November, just two months before he was diagnosed with cancer.

A wake is planned tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Jones Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2100 W. Baltimore St. with a funeral service to immediately follow.

Mr. Howell is also survived by his daughters, Erin Howell and Shae Howell; his mother, Ruby Mae Howell; three sisters: Grace Kiah, Ivey McClendon and Evelyn Howell; four brothers: Clarence Hawkins, Edgar Howell, Kalwin Howell and Calvin Howell; and one grandson, all of West Baltimore. A son, Gregory A. Howell Jr., died in January.

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