Emma L. Howell
Born Feb. 16, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Emma Hudson Lyons. She was a devoted Christian. Baptized in 1956 at Goodwill Baptist Church, she sung in the Jr. Choir, served as a Jr. Usher and was part of the Jr. Missionaries. In 1967, she joined Shiloh Baptist Church where she continued her love of praising the Lord through song by singing in several choirs. She was a member of the Pastor’s aid, Usher board, and Senior Missionaries. She was a member of the NAACP and the Davie County Missionary Union.
She graduated from Dunbar High School in Lexington in 1956. She worked at Monliegh Garments where she developed a passion for sewing. She loved making clothes for her children and family, and doing alterations for people in the community. She was a caregiver for several family members, including her father.
In 1967, she married Charlie L. Howell and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family going on vacations and playing family bingo. She also enjoyed watching soap operas and the Price is Right, collecting magnets and stamps and doing word search puzzles.
She was also preceded in death by: her husband, Charles Howell; brothers, Henry Lyons, Alfred Lyons, John Lyons, Frank Lyons and Richmond Lyons; sisters, Ella Mae Dulin, Evelyn Campbell and Marie Liverpool; grandson, Nicholas Naylor.
Survivors: 2 daughters, Angela (Kelly) Naylor and Cynthia Lyons, both of Mocksville; 6 grandchildren, LaTosha, Mariah, Cyrena, and Cyrus Lyons, Eutashia (the Rev. Johnny) Rice Jr. and Brian Hunter; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Margaret Transou of Kernersville, Della Williams of Mocksville, the Rev. Jesse Lyons Jr. (Dorothy) of Westbury, N.Y. and James Lyons of Salisbury; a brother in-law, Gilbert Howell of Booneville; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Her service will be on Friday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Mocksville. Burial will follow in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.