Michael was born April 8, 1949 to Llwyn Leroy “Red” Howland and Mary Colcolough Howland at Balboa Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone where his father was serving in the Navy.
Michael grew up in the Hampton Park area attending Scared Heart Elementary School and Bishop England High School where he met many friends with whom he maintained lifelong friendships. After a move to what was then the last school bus stop on the Isle of Palms, 29th Avenue, Michael played football for General William Moultrie High School and graduated in the class of 1967. Michael served honorably in the US Navy and in the US Naval Reserve during the Vietnam War era. Returning from active-duty, Michael attended and graduated from the University of South Carolina.
Michael adored his wife of 43 years, Betsy Cheek Howland, and their daughter, Alice Bernard Howland. Michael cherished and valued each of his many friends. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing, and birdwatching. He shared this love of nature with all who knew him.
Michael is predeceased by his parents; his brother Robert Lawerence (Larry aka Buck) Howland, Ph.D. and many dear friends, who left us too soon.
In addition to being survived by the love of his life, Betsy and daughter Alice, he is survived by his sister, Ann Howland O’Neill (John), nephew, Chris O’Neill (Jenny) and their 3 children, niece, Katie O’Neill DePew (Clay). He is also survived by his dearest cousin Beth Sanders Watts, and her children, Emily and Andrew.
A Celebration of Michael’s life will take place Saturday, August 19, 2023 in Magnolia Cemetery at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Charleston Animal Society or Veterans Victory House, 2461 Sidneys Rd., Walterboro, SC 29488.