Rolando Teophilos Howell, 34, former University of South Carolina basketball player

Mr. Rolando Teophilos Howell Sr. was born April 29, 1982, in Columbia. He was the youngest son of David and Deborah Howell. He was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Howell__RolandoRolando accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal saviour, was baptized at an early age and became a member of St. James Baptist Church.

Rolando received his early education at Hopkins Elementary and Middle schools and was a graduate of Lower Richland High School, Class of 2000. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina, earning his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Rolando began playing basketball as a kid at Caughman Road Park and continued playing under the tutelage of coach Carl Williams at Lower Richland High School. During his exemplary career, he earned McDonald’s All-American honors and a host of other awards. His basketball skills became more defined while playing for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks for four years (2001-2004), under the leadership of coaches Eddie Fogler and Dave Odom. Rolando’s talents allowed him to play professionally overseas for twelve years.

Rolando was well-known and loved by a lot of people. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and lived life to the fullest. He loved traveling and new experiences. Rolando was a loving husband, son, brother, father, uncle, nephew, and friend. Rolando’s life has left an imprint on everyone he knew and he will be remembered by all.

Rolando leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Reanna; son, Rolando (RJ) of West Columbia; his parents, David and Deborah Howell of Hopkins; mother-in-law, Brenda Olszewski of Blythewood; two brothers: David A. (Dejena) of Wiley, Texas; Ivan (Shondreya) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; four nephews: Jalen, Jaheim, Ivan Jamir, and Davian; four nieces: Imani, Nyla, Jenasis, and Jueles; uncles, aunts, great-uncles, great-aunts, cousins and friends.

Viewing will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 at Leevy’s Funeral Home’s Taylor Street Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, at Temple of Faith Bible Way Church in Gadsden with burial to follow in St. James Baptist Church Cemetery in Hopkins.

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