John Conley Howle, 97, better known as Ed or Edward Howle passed away peacefully Friday, August 12, 2022 in Gainesville, FL. Ed was born on May 22, 1925 near Aynor, SC to John Sankey Howle and Bessie Goud Howle in their country home back in the day when doctors actually made house calls. His parents named him John Edward Conley Howle after both of his grandfathers. When the Koren War started he wanted to serve his country and tried to enlisted in the Navy. It was at this point Edward realized the name "Edward" had not been officially documented on his birth certificate. In spite of this legal omission people continued to call him Edward or Ed. After corrections to official documents, he successfully joined the Navy and served as a gunner aboard the destroyer the USS Chauncey.\nEdward really enjoyed recalling stories from his childhood. He had worked along with his father growing tobacco and cotton. Edward was none too fond of this line of work. Next came working on a dairy farm. This was preferable to the tobacco and cotton business. Edward's father must have taken to life on a dairy owing that in 1949 he relocated his family to Burton, S.C. to start a dairy business of his own.\nWhile on a short leave back home, Edward saw a beautiful woman named Katherine Pinckney. He was smitten right from the start. He was able to obtain her phone number and without much delay he called her. He asked if it would be alright for him to come over for a visit. She readily agreed. He was pretty sure someone had let the cat out of the bag concerning Edward's interest in her. He recounts with much delight that Katherine was the best thing that had ever happened to him. They were married on March 2, 1952 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church. Katherine passed away on April 27, 2011 after sharing their lives together for 59 years.\nEdward completed his tour in the Navy in 1953 finding employment as dairy herdsman near Ridgeland, S.C. It was that same year a son, John, was born. In 1956 they moved to Walterboro, S.C. and just a short year later in 1957 the family moved Yemassee, S.C. where Edward started his own dairy. He recalled one year the rain was so plentiful he had to build a boardwalk just so the cows could get to the barn. By 1958 Edward had decided he had enough fun in the rain the past year so he sold his dairy. Eastover, S.C., not far from Columbia was to be their next location. Just about a year later an opportunity near McCormick, S.C. at John de la Howe, a state-run school at the time. Edward operated the dairy and oversaw the farm that provided food and milk for the poor and orphaned children at the school. While they were there, their daughter Katherine (Kaye) was born.\nGetting older and tired of getting up before the crack of dawn to milk cows, getting home late in the evenings was getting old too. In 1963 Edward learned a successful businessman in Beaufort was searching for the right man to become his business partner. Edward saw this as a wonderful opportunity to make a career change and went to speak with the man. They interview went well and he became a partner of Jones Appliance. Edward really wanted to have a business of his own so he ventured out and purchase an appliance and furniture business on Boundary Street. The business was so popular he needed to expand the store. The old Ford building on Bay Street near the corner of Boundary Street was available so he moved his thriving business to that location. He sold mostly used furniture that he purchased in New York.\nFor a while his business went very well until his resource for used furniture dried up. Being an enterprising man, Edward decided to change the nature of his business to a tool rental and appliance store on Boundary Street. Once again, his business thrived and he purchased property on SR 170 and built the store where Car Quest Auto Parts is still located. He also opened a machine shop in the back of the building. He later sold the auto parts store but retained the machine shop until his retirement.\nEdward and Katherine enjoyed camping and spent many hours going on cross-country trips. They even went as far as Canada and Alaska making up for all the lost time when work and family kept them so busy. After his beloved wife, Katherine, passed away in 2011, he realized that without his wife to enjoy the trips with him, he no longer had the desire to go camping.\nEdward was devoted to the Carteret Street United Methodist Church. He was on the board of several committees during his lifetime. He loved being outside working in his yard. Edward also enjoyed woodworking. He planted vegetable gardens and all variates of plants and flowers in his green house. He also spent many hours in his shed woodworking. He donated many of his plants and crafts to the church bazar.\nEdward "Ed" Howle was a very special man. He and his wife raised two wonderful children. John and Kaye each found their own soulmates. John and his wife Barbara have a daughter, Shannon, and a son, Brandon. Kaye and her husband Clark have two daughters, Katherine and Lauren and a son, Richard. The grandparents were very proud of all their grandchildren and later were blessed with seven great grandchildren. All of their extended family, with exception of Lauren and her husband Kyle, live in Florida. Edward wanted to be closer to his family so about a year ago he sold his home in Beaufort and moved in with Kaye and Clark who live in Gainesville. He would stay with John and Barbara in Bartow for a while and visit Shannon in Lakeland and Brandon in Valrico. He also traveled to Tennessee to spend time with Lauren and Kyle and their little girl. Granddaddy, as he was called by most of the children, spent much of his time with all the grand and great grandchildren doing just about anything they desired. He really felt the love and pride his family had for him and he for them. He will be greatly missed by all of those who knew the man he really was and appreciated him for just being himself the way the Good Lord made him. He was hardly ever without one of his trusty baseball caps and he is surely wearing a special one in Heaven, over his halo, of course. We love you Granddaddy!\nIn lieu of flowers please make a donation to Carteret Street United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.