Linda Powell Howell

Linda Powell Howell

Linda Powell Howell, 73, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Friday, February 21, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born October 18, 1940 in Woodland, NC, to the late William Cecil, and Dorothy Bridgers Powell, and was the loving wife of William “Bill” Howell for 50 years. Linda graduated from Woodland Olney High School in 1959, and then went to Louise Obici School of Nursing, graduating in 1962 as a registered nurse. She was a member of the Woodland United Methodist Church, loved to read and do crossword puzzles, but most of all she loved her family and the time she spent with them.

Left to cherish the memory of her kindness, her wonderful sense of humor, and her beautiful eyes and smile are her husband Bill, her sons, Jeff Howell and fiancé Ada, of Dover, DE, and Mike Howell and wife Terri, of San Diego, CA; her daughter, Lynn Rowell and her husband Kevin, of Chesapeake, VA; her sister, Jean Powell Bryant and her husband Edward, of Woodland, NC; her five grandchildren, Brandon, Zach, Hunter, Ellie, and Eryn; and her great grandson Brady. She was predeceased by her brother William Keith Powell.

A memorial service will be held at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, on Saturday, March 1, at 2:00 P.M. A service at the Woodland United Methodist Church will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodland United Methodist Church, 489 Joe Brown Rd., Woodland, NC 27897, or to the Dare County Hospice, PO Box 1000, Manteo, NC, 27954.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. Donna Powell Holland

    Letting you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Linda was a special and beautiful person. I remember how awed I was by her when she was in high school and I was in the seventh grade. I loved going to visit her and Jean at night after my dad and Uncle Cecil finished work.She was always so nice to a “little peon” junior high girl and made me feel really important. I will be praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

  2. Rachel Barnes

    My thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family. Linda was such a sweet lady, always smiling and full of life.

  3. Shelley Warren


    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.


  4. Terri Howell

    It very difficult today to see beyond the sadness of losing someone so important to me. It was extremely hard to be so far away from the family during this time. I will now have to hold tight to my memories of Linda for comfort. My memories now become my treasure of the best mother-in-law ever. Thank you for your guidance, support and being such a giving, loving and “feisty” grandma. Thank you for always loving me as I constantly “put my foot in my mouth” during our years together. I thank you for excepting the “left coast” into your family and always making me feel a part of the special bond our family shares. I will miss when you try to hide “doing the bad thing”. I will miss not watching you rock on the front deck at the beach house. I will miss your out burst of your laugh. I will miss you so terribly much.

  5. Bob & Jamie Mitchell

    Bill, we were so fortunate meeting you guys at Terri and Mikes last year. Linda was a wonderful person and will be missed. Yes, she was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, companion. Mike is so fortunate to have her guidance through-out his life.

  6. Carolyn G. Lassiter

    Saying I’m sorry seems so cliché at these moments, but we say it anyway. Sometimes, it’s all we can say. We mean the words with all our hearts, we just don’t know what else to say. We care about; what you and your family are going through, and we’re here for you, if you need us….day or night….anytime…..we care…

  7. Dave and Den Webber

    So sorry to hear the sad news of Linda’s passing.
    We wish we could be there for you but knowing the tight family group that is the Howell’s we are confident that she left this world surrounded by love.
    As it should be and as she truly deserved
    RIP Linda
    Dave & Den

  8. Pat Wilson Sawyer

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Mr. Howell ,Bill, it seems hard to address you as Bill since you were my teacher at Murfreesboro . A group of your students got together a few weeks ago talking about our up coming 50th reunion next year and we knew where you and Linda were living, hoping that you both would join us next year.Knowing you at that time in your life we felt we knew Linda because you were dating. Time seems to pass so fast and all your years together will always be great memories for all of you to remember.

  9. Kim Novotchin

    Mike and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are glad to of had the pleasure of knowing your mom. What a sweet and fun lady your mom was. We love you Howell Family and are keeping all of you in our hearts.

    Kim & Ian Novotchin

  10. Larry Daisey

    I am so sorry for your loss. Linda will be greatly missed by so many. God Bless Linda and her family.

  11. Zach Howell

    Going to boot camp and then heading off to the fire academy for the past 4 months prevented me from being able to see you as much as I would have liked. One of the best moments of my BMT graduation was seeing your beautiful smile there standing out in the crowd waiting for that big hug. Then a few months pass and I was so fortunate to have come to the beach house for Christmas. Your reaction when you saw me peek out from behind my Dad made the whole trip instantly worth it. You have been so supportive and served as one of my idols my entire life. I always loved the fact that you could light up any room with your wonderful personality and sense of humor. It is such a comfort knowing that you are with Ma and Pa watching over everyone and keeping us safe. Thank you for being the way you are because with all my heart I truly believe you bettered me as a person in more ways than one. Your kindness and all the love you showed towards the importance of family will always be cherished. Love you always Grandma!

  12. Geno Bartoletti

    So, so sorry to hear of Linda’s difficult time and passing. We have been praying for her and will continue to pray for God’s comfort and encouragement for you Bill, as well as your family. Geno Bartoletti

  13. Farrell Family

    Bill, it is with much sadness that we hear of Linda’s passing. We feel so blessed to have made the acquaintance of such a lovely lady and shared such a wonderful cruise through Mexico with you both in 2011. Sadly, we do understand what you and your children are going through at this time … in our prayers and thoughts. Gayle, Rebecca and the rest of the Farrells – Melbourne, Australia.

  14. G. Calvin Graves V and Sheila Graves

    Bill and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although this is a sad time, I know you will always remember the great times that were spent together as a family.Those memories were great and I feel fortunate to have been a part of many joyous occasions.Last night I found a picture of Linda dressed up like a Queen with all the Grandchildren around her. She was a special lady and she loved her Eryn! She will be missed.

  15. Julie Rice

    Linda was beautiful inside and out. She was so generous and kind and I really loved and respected the way she was truly focused on family. Her family made her so happy…and what a special family it is. I care so much about all of you and am thinking of you all. She will be missed by many.

  16. Wilson Barnes

    Bill, sorry to hear of the loss of your sweetheart Linda. I knew her from the Rich Square, Woodland days many years ago. She was a very special person. May God bless you and your family.

  17. Donna Baker Schirmer

    Dear Mr. Howell and Family,

    I was truly saddened to read of Linda’s passing. What a wonderful woman she was.
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers.


  18. Jean Bryant

    My Beautiful Sweet Sister. No words can express the heartache and sorrow I am feeling at this time. You have always been my “big” sister, my best friend, my rock and my hero. We were blessed to have two great parents that taught us the true value of family. That value has been passed down to your children. You were the glue that held this family together but with your guidance and the wonderful memories we have of you, we will try to carry on as you would have us do. People used to laugh and say we were joined at the hip. I believe that as we have always been there for each other thru the good and the bad times. Most of the time we already knew what the other one was thinking or feeling, sending each the same birthday card or Christmas card even though we were miles apart. You and Bill have 3 awesome children, 5 grandchildren plus 1 great grand child. Edward and I thank you for always allowing us to be a big part of their lives. We could not love them anymore if they were ours. I will cherish our time together and will never forget “our memories”. Love you forever “my sista”. Til we meet again

  19. Vicki and Jack Rowell

    Dear Bill and family. Our hearts go out to all the family at this sad time. We were all blessed to have Linda in our lives. We are sorry that our family had her for such a short time but in that time we could feel the love and support of this special family member. It upsets us so much to think we won’t see Linda anymore on this earth but definitely in Heaven. It is sad she was taken too early but the Lord needed her more. You can be proud of her and know you were all privileged to have each other. Love and prayers to you and the family.

  20. Tillman Cooley

    I had great good fortune when Linda recognised me as a former Woodlandite at the Doctor’s office last summer. After 50+years, what fun we had! It is sad to lose such a vibrant person, but that magnificient spirit surely lives on. She will be well remembered.

  21. Julian Dickens

    Sorry to receive the news of Linda’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Rosemary Keane

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember her kind smile, especially the first time when I brought over cookies. She was a dear and sweet lady. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Hunter Howell

    My whole life I have been blessed to be surrounded by a family that loves and cares for me. I realize how special that is, and how lucky I really am. Grandma was always there for me. I will never forget the special memories that I have with her. We loved sitting on the porch constantly laughing, and coming up with new inside jokes. Every time I was around Grandma I had a smile on my face. I know you will forever watch over us. Just like you would ask me if anything was wrong and you would always offer to “give them a beating” if someone was ever mean to me. I’ve been blessed to have you in my life. All the memories that we’ve shared will never be forgotten. I miss you so much. Love you

  24. Kirsten, Luke Briony and Paul

    Dear Bill and family,

    We were all so saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. She truly was an amazing lady. We feel very blessed to have known her and we will never forget her warmth and kindness. She always made us feel so very welcome, like we were a part of the family. We have such fond memories of Linda and we treasure the time we were able to spend summer vacation with you all,where Linda was “The Queen” and still is “The Queen”
    We will all miss her.
    All our love and support go out to you all
    Kirsten, Luke, Briony and Paul

  25. Millis Family

    Linda, you always made our family feel so welcomed when Zach, Hunter and Ellie and my kids all needed their play time together or we needed our fix with Mike and Terri. Wheather you were watching them while Mike and Terri were away (which by the way you were the best babysitter ever) or you were at the beach house with your whole family you were always so loving and giving in all you did. Linda, you are the rock to this incredible family and I know that your spirit and laughter and memories will live on forever. Rest in Peace to a very special lady.

  26. Jennifer Brooks Norwood

    I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember how at home I would feel when I would spend time with your family growing up. Linda could always bring a smile to my face in person and now in memory. Love to all.

  27. Roberta Winston

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is painful to lose someone you love. She was a lovely, engaging woman who has left a legacy of extraordinary people. May her memory stay fresh in all of your hearts and minds and may you find comfort in the joy she brought into your lives.


  28. Katie Barg

    Lynn and family,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I never met your mom but I know she was a beautiful person just by the wonderful way you spoke of her and all the great memories you’ve shared over the years. I hope all of those happy memories help you through this difficulty time.

  29. Randy Powell

    Living so far away only makes the memories of Linda much more valuable and the loss much more vivid. As a surogate member of their immediate family I spent many hours with them in my formative years. Linda was always someone I looked up to. She lived an honorable, fruitful life and we are all better for having known her. She will be missed.

  30. Janet Isaacs, Milton Delaware

    Dear Bill and Family,

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. May Gods infinite love be very real to you especially now. We can’t know why some things happen…..but we can know that love and beautiful memories outlast the pain of what your family is going through.
    Deepest Sympathy Janet Isaacs

  31. Amanda Camenisch Kilby

    Lynn and Family,
    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was a sweet lady. I know it has been many years since we have seen each other, but I have great memories of your entire family. Prayers to you and your family.

  32. Debbie Lawson

    My heart hurts for you as you mourn the loss of your beloved. Please know that your tennis buds are here for you and love you!

  33. Laurie Sage

    Bill – we are so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our prayers and love go out to you and your family.
    Laurie and Jim

  34. Doug and Dawn Sterling

    Oh Bill, Doug and I are so saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. What a gracious lady! We have great memories of the week we had at your beach house. Among them is the wonderful meal Linda prepared for us and the evening we spent with the two of you. You have our deepest sympathy. Praying God’s grace, comfort and peace for you and your family as you go through this very difficult time of loss.
    We love you,
    Doug and Dawn

  35. Janet C

    I’ve been struggling with what to say about such a wonderful woman and an amazing family. Words can’t express my condolences. God certainly gained another angel and I know she will be looking over you all. It’s truly a blessing to have a close family and that will carry you through this difficult time. Linda always made me feel special and comfortable like one of her own and I will miss her. Memories will carry on and I hope you all find the strength to do the same. My thoughts and prayers remain with you all.
    Janet C.

  36. Terri Cannon

    Dear Mike and family,
    We are all so very sorry to hear about your Mom. She was always so sweet to our family and I loved chatting with her. She sure was proud of all of you and loved you so much! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Hold close all of the wonderful memories that you have, they will bring you comfort and smiles! We love you guys!!!

  37. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  38. Anne and JD Fenessy

    Bill, JD and I were saddened to hear this news of your lovely wife. We wanted you to know our prayers from Virginia are with you and your family thru this time.

    Anne Terrell and JD Fenessy

  39. Bobby and Nancy Tyler

    Bill, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and love go out to you and your family.

    Nancy and Bobby Tyler

  40. Henry Joyner

    Only knew her a short while, but long enough to know that she was a fine lady. She will be missed.

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