J. Evelyn "Jimmy" Hembey Howland
James Evelyn Howland (Jimmy) was reunited with her beloved husband Harry R. Howland Sr., October 3, 2004. The daughter of the late Hosea Ollo and Grace Hyatt Hembey, she was born on September 2, 1917. After her sister was born in 1914, her father desperately wanted a son and was sure their next child would be a boy. Throughout her life the name caused endless confusion at time with humorous consequences. She was a graduate of Little Rock Junior College that shared facilities with the present day Little Rock Central High during the 1930s. She and her husband first met while she was in high school and he was the editor of the college newspaper. He often included pictures and articles about her during their courtship.
Her life was devoted to family and friends. As her son, it seemed that everyday I would meet someone that would ask about her and say how much they loved her. She loving prepared thousands of meals and made a joyous home for her family. To her the role of wife and mother was the best of all worlds. She taught me many lessons during her life. As a child I once told her I was afraid of death. She gently explained that to her death was like an unborn child in its mother's womb. Warm, secure, and protected from all harm. She then asked me if I thought the child would want to born into the outside world. I replied that, "I didn't think so". She then said, "But look at all the things the child would never know or experience. In death we will be born into a wonderful new world". This was her faith - simple, pure, and sublime.
She is survived by her son H. Robert Howland, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Little Rock. A graveside service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 7, 2004 at Roselawn Cemetery. The service, under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, will be officiated by Father John Medvick of St. Thomas Reformed Episcopal Church, 4411 Woodlawn Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205 and Rev. David Moore of Asbury Methodist Church, 1700 Napa Valley Dr., Little Rock, AR 72212. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to either church or the Order of Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 7201 W. 32nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72204.