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May 12, 1925-Jan. 7, 2018

Mrs. Elsie Cox Howell, 92, resident of Mount Olive since 1968 and native of Onslow County, died early Sunday morning, Jan. 7, 2018, in a Hopewell Virginia hospital.

She had resided in Hopewell with a son for the last several years.

Mrs. Howell was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mount Olive.

She truly enjoyed a long married life of 59 years and eight days with her husband, Edward Ray Howell Sr., traveling with him as he served in the military, living in two foreign countries during his career.

She had much time and joy with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, even great-great-grandchildren, along with all her sisters and brother.

She cherished her time with her church family and her many friends at Mount Olive Senior Citizens Center.

Graveside services will be Thursday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 700 N.C. 24, Newport, N.C. Dr. Dennis Draper Jr. will officiate.

Mrs. Howell is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Edward Ray Howell Jr. and Gail Howell of Hopewell, Va.; another daughter-in-law, Ann Howell of Calypso; a sister, Cornelia Paradisi of Michigan; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; three sons, Mark Steven Howell, Michael Richard Howell and John Gaston Howell; a daughter, Candace Howell Rivenbark; parents, John Gaston Cox Sr. and Josie Mills Cox; brother, John Gaston Cox, Jr.; sisters, Faye Wisen, Lois Alexander, Alma Collins, Rosa Harmon and Lucille Canady; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Tyndall Funeral Home, Mount Olive, N.C., has charge of the service.


Published in Obituaries on January 10, 2018 8:05 AM