Opal Howell

Mary Opal Orr Howell, 91, passed away peacefully at Baptist Hospital Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Born August 12, 1926, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of Jessie Cleland Orr and Ollie Conner Orr. She attended Pleasant Hill School and was a member of Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church. She was retired after working many years at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. In her free time, she loved to work crossword puzzles and tend to her garden. She was also known to be a wonderful cook, and very talented with a sewing needle. Above all things, she loved her family the most. Spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids brought much joy to her life. She will be remembered for her sweet nature and loving heart, and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Elder Calvin Warren and Elder Rusty Wise will be officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Stone, Jeff Howell, Bradley Howell, Will Howell, Mike Howell and Jaron Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be Grover Edington, Tom Reedy, Jimmy Blaylock, Wayne Doler, Kelly Moore, Jonathon Howell and Justin Howell.

She leaves behind a daughter, Marcell (Kenneth) Stone, Calhoun City; sons, Stanley (Sandra) Howell, Raymond, and Jimmy (Jo) Howell, Calhoun City; sisters, Ruth Hodge, Clinton, and Bonnie (Ladurale) Doler, Slate Springs; brother, Harvey Dan (Annette) Orr, Bruce; grandchildren, Wayne (Nikie) Stone, Calhoun City; Jeff Howell, Calhoun City; Laura Howell, Gunnersville, AL; Mike Howell, Raymond; Jonathon (Patricia) Howell, Baltimore, MD; Justin (Jenna) Howell, Louisville, KY; Jaron (Emily) Howell, Charlotte, NC; Bradley (Andria) Howell, Bruce, and 10 great-grandchildren, Lylla, Will, Lilly, Heath, Evan, Lawson, Lylla, Dean, Arianna, Cassidy, and a very special niece, Kay Reedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie Earl Howell; son, Jessie W. “Bill” Howell; brother, J.C. Orr, and a sister, Eloise McFall.

Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at pryorfuneralhome.com

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