Mrs. Annie Virginia Howell, 84, went to be with the Lord Sunday (October 16, 2016) at Pierce County Nursing Home in Blackshear after an extended illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Waycross and Blackshear. A wonderful loving mother and granny, she was formerly employed by Swisher Cigar Factory, Sportswear and a bookkeeper for Howell Roofing. She was a devoted member of Grace Chapel and faithful woman of God. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Lee and Bessie McCarthy Lee; her husband, Dewey Howell; three sisters and three brothers. Survivors include six daughters, Gail McDuffie of Blackshear, Anne Dixon (Ronnie) of Blackshear, Mary Frances Dixon (Woodson) of Blackshear, Joan Mixon (Glenn) of Blackshear, Barbara Smart (Shelton) of Hortense, Tammy Howell of Blackshear; two sons, Randy Howell (Marsha) of Waycross, and Chris Perritt (Amanda) of Waresboro; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday (October 19, 2016) at Grace Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Music Funeral Home. Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
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