He was 75 according to heraldonlinecom.
Howell worked at WRHI 1340 AM in Rock Hill SC as a newsman during his career.
Howell also taughter mass communication at Winthrop College.for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2012.
“He helped build the broadcasting section of our department from some of its earliest years and made it into one of the best, if not the best, in the state,” said Guy Reel, mass communication department chair at Winthrop and longtime peer of Howell. “Students talk of him as if he was a legend. He really is a legend and he’s going to be sorely missed. It was really a shock to all of us.”
In 2011, Howell received the South Carolina Broadcasters Association’s Honorary Lifetime membership Award, according to a release from Winthrop. His name is listed on a commemorative wall in Winthrop’s Johnson Hall.
Reel said Howell left a lasting impression on students with stories of his experience covering the Vietnam War for CBS from Cambodia.
Howell also worked in New Delhi, India, and held news roles in Texas, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, according to a release from Winthrop. He also participated in the Poynter Institute Seminar on Broadcast Journalism in St. Petersburg, Fla.