Dr. Irene Howell (1928 - 2018)

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November 5, 1928 - March 3, 2018
Dr. Irene Howell, died on March 3, 2018 at the age of 89. Born in Lenoir County, she was the daughter of the late Burchard Taft Smith and Addie Heath Smith. Married in 1943 to Gordon Reece Howell, Jr.
The birth of her first grandchild with profound developmental disabilities began the life altering situations that resulted in Dr. Howell founding Howell's Child Care Centers, which included centers in Goldsboro, LaGrange, Greenville, Greensboro, Thomasville, Charlotte, and New Bern, NC.
Dr. Irene Howell is survived by her husband of 74 years, Gordon Reece Howell, Jr., Children: Gail Howell Sims, PHD, of LaGrange, Jerald Taft Howell, CDP – Spouse Susan of Goldsboro, Joseph Allan Howell, PHD of Kinston, Valentine Howell-Melton, BSN, Spouse Larry of Greenville and David Reece Howell, DJP of Newport.
Grand children: Braxton Reeves of LaGrange, Fuller Reeves IV spouse Nici of Midlothian, VA, Adriane Reeves-Burke spouse Teresa of Stokesdale, Jody Howell spouse Daniele of Kinston, Morgan Howell of Greensboro, Jessika Howell of Kinston, Kamryn and Jolan Howell of Riverside, CA, Ashley Gray spouse Rachel of LaGrange, Lindsey Walkoviak spouse Randal of Greenville, Keely Gray of Greenville.
Great Grand Children: Chelsea Huggins, Conner Burkett, Justice Reeves-Burke, Fuller Reeves V, Braxton Reeves, Riley Reeves, Jacob Reeves, Jerrin Howell, Nathan Howell. Lucy Gray, Oliver Gray
Great Great Grand Children: Quintin Huggins, Jaxon Huggins.
Her Life Celebration will be at Westminster Methodist Church in Kinston, NC at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 10th. Rev. Tom Newman will be officiating with Rev Ray Teague assisting. The family will receive condolences immediately after the service and other times at the home.
The Family requests that memorial gifts be directed to LCC Foundation, Irene Smith Howell Memorial Fund, PO Box 188, Kinston, NC 28502 or Westminster United Methodist Church Irene S. Howell Fund, 1001 Westminster Lane, Kinston, NC, 28501.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Howell family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.
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Published in Sun Journal from Mar. 7 to Apr. 6, 2018
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