John Howle

John Neil "Pee Wee" Howle was the oldest of three children, born in New Bern, NC on June 24, 1937 to John M. Howle and Doris B. Howle. His family eventually moved to Atlanta, GA where he attended Bass High School and Druid Hills High School before moving to Savannah, GA in the summer before his senior year and graduating from Savannah High School. In the fall of 1955, John enrolled in Auburn University, where was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and played drums in the Auburn University Marching Band. In October of 1957, after only knowing each other for two weeks, he married Patsy Kuehn of Center Point, AL (whose father, Charlie Kuehn, was a 1932 Olympic qualifier in wrestling and later a professional wrestler for more than 25 years). John graduated from Auburn University in 1959. Patsy and Pee Wee had four children (Mickey, Joe, Charlene, and Patrick). His first real involvement in wrestling occurred when his oldest son, Mickey, began wresting in 1970 at Erwin High School. The coach at that time was Wrestling Hall of Famer Jim Jeffrey, a fraternity brother of his at Auburn. "Big Jim" talked Pee Wee into helping out with football and wrestling as the public address announcer at the high school. It was a match made in Heaven as everyone loved Pee Wee's banter. Eventually, he would be tasked with running invitational wrestling tournaments at Erwin and other high schools, and would later run the AHSAA regional qualifying and state championship tournaments for more than 25 years. Pee Wee was extremely conscientious about two things when running a tournament; each wrestler's name should be pronounced correctly and tournament sessions should start on time! Pee Wee was in the tournament director's chair when his sons Mickey and Joe wrestled in the finals for state championships. They both would go on to wrestle collegiately at Auburn University. Patsy and Pee Wee were a fixture in Alabama high school wrestling for many years, one announcing bouts and managing tournament schedules while the other kept weight-class brackets and team scores. They were an inseparable team for many years and often spoke of the wonderful relationships developed with the wrestlers, coaches, referees, and tournament staff during those years. Pee Wee passed away in 2004 and Patsy followed him in passing in 2018. Both had the joy of watching Joe coach youth wrestling and three grandsons wrestle competitively. They are survived by their children Mickey, Joe, Charlene, and Patrick along with eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family would like to express their appreciation to the National High School Wrestling Association for honoring our beloved dad and granddaddy, John "Pee Wee" Howle for his dedication and timeless effort brought to the sport of wrestling by nominating and inducting him into the Hall of a Fame. He would be very proud to be included with such deserving members.


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