Johnny "The Tomato Man" Howell

Born in Nashville, TN on July 20, 1942

Departed on October 8, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Johnny Howell, known as the Bradley Tomato Man, age 74 of Nashville, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the family farm.
Johnny was born on that same farm on July 20, 1942 to the late J. C. and Lonnie McNeil Howell. He lived his life there, working, playing, relaxing and raising his own family.
Johnny’s father, J. C., began the family farm in 1937 and Johnny followed in his footsteps as the second generation. Today, the farm will continue with the third generation tending the fields.
He likely was not always right, but Johnny was certainly never wrong. His family recalls three ways to things: the right way, the wrong way and Johnny’s way, which of course was always the right way. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and served as an example of hard work and care to all of them.
Preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, and a son: Ricky; Johnny is survived by three children: Lisa (Dale) Seator, Wayne (Ginger) Howell and John (Deanna) Howell; a step-daughter: Adrian Hulan; three siblings: Curly (Brenda) Howell, Eunice (Billy) Campbell and Margie (Rich) Binkley; 13 grandchildren: Courney, Maria, Chad, Tyler, Paige, Haven, John Dalton, Jackson, Jacquelyn, Katelyn, Ashelyn, William and Gracelyn; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Johnny’s family will celebrate his life on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at Harpeth Hill Funeral Home. They will receive friends for visitation on Monday from Noon until 8:00 PM, and again on Tuesday from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The final journey to his resting place at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens will be atop his wagon on Wednesday, following the service.

15 Comments to Johnny "The Tomato Man" Howell

  1. Dawn Walker
    October 8, 2016 10:55 pm

    I will always cherish my time working at the green hills market and at the Vanderbilt seasonal market! Johnny was always a hard working, generous, family living and good friend to all. I teased him that working at the market also had the benefit of “Johnny’s gym”. I totally appreciate hard work and giving yourself to something you believe in. Everyone who knew him and his passion will miss him. I will wear my work shirt proud…”farm ’till its gone”. I know his children and extended family will carry on the Howell tradition and I hope to always be a friend of the family. Special condolences to Lisa, Peanut, and Wayne and their families (who I had more interactions with).

  2. Jerry and JoAnn Graham
    October 9, 2016 8:53 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Johnny. There will never be another.

  3. Sugar beagle
    October 9, 2016 10:30 am

    Sorry for your loss.we grew up in linton with johnney and family.we are kin my friend.

  4. Wanda Penzica
    October 9, 2016 6:16 pm

    Chad, I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandfather. Just remember that he will always be with you.May God send you the Peace and Comfort you need at this time to soothe your Soul ??

  5. Sidney Presley
    October 9, 2016 9:58 pm

    I will always remember and cherish the great times I had with Papa Johnny! Whether it be when I was 7 and going to Crossville to get apples with him listening to Rocky Top or riding on the tractor with him talking about girls and baseball when I was 16 he always made me smile! I will always remember those cherished moments and know that I will see him again one day! I love him and will miss him. I hope all of the family can find the strength to remember his life and not mourn his death! I will not be able to make it to his funeral but to everyone of the family members I send my deepest condolences and love each and every one of you.

  6. Paula Atkins
    October 10, 2016 7:54 am

    Atkins Family sympathy and prayers for the entire Howell crew! John Dalton Howell and brother Jackson Howell were fortunate to have such a fine grandfather. ~Paula Atkins~

  7. Lisa Marshbanks
    October 10, 2016 11:49 am

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to te entire family. May your fond memories of “Pawpaw Johnny” carry you through the tough days ahead. A special prayer to Adrian and her children. We never got the chance to meet Johnny but we sure heard many wonderful stories.

    With sympathy,
    Eddie, Lisa and Rylee Marshbanks

  8. Elaine Dustin
    October 10, 2016 12:01 pm

    Ladies of the Lamb is new to the Farmer Markets, but the Howell vans and produce we saw at the Vanderbilt Market is well know to us. We extend our condolences to the family with deepest felt sympathy.

    October 10, 2016 12:14 pm


  10. Jacquelynhulan
    October 10, 2016 12:53 pm

    There will never be another I remember doing everything with you and now it’s in my heart. I’ve never met a man so full of life like you I love you so much and miss you dearly. I’ll tell jaxson about all the wonderful memories. You will not be forgotten in my book I love u.

  11. Kaye Price
    October 10, 2016 1:37 pm

    I am saddened to hear this. Mollie and I both loved Johnny and miss all of you.

    October 11, 2016 5:30 pm


  13. Shelley Martin & Family
    October 12, 2016 8:28 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends! So sorry for your loss.

  14. tina moser
    October 20, 2016 11:17 pm

    I remember walking thru Johnny’s fields. He was a great man and will be missed

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