Maybell Wiggins Howell

Published 9:17 pm Monday, April 2, 2018

On March 27, 2018, the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to call home to rest our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and foster mother, Maybell “Bell” Wiggins Howell. She was born on July 9, 1949, to the late Jeremiah and Ella Mae Wiggins.

Maybell, being a strong worker, was a transporter for Blair Brothers Co., hairstylist for many years and employed by the Suffolk school system as a bus driver. During her life journey, she loved singing. For 30-plus years, she sang and managed the Heavenly Charms.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, one daughter, Aretha Howell, of Suffolk; three sons, Donald Howell (Bonnie) and Darren Howell (Beverly), all of Suffolk, and Marvin Howell (Felicia), of Accomack; extended family, Karen Howell (Precious), Adrian Howell, Shala Howell, Danielle Howell, Timothy Howell and Shakara Howell, all of Suffolk; four brothers, Cliffton Wiggins (Dorothy) Lloyd Wiggins (Mary) and James Wiggins (Martha), all of Suffolk, and Manuel Wiggins (Diane) of Gates, N.C.; three sisters, Mildred Wiggins, Christine Dildy (Eugene) and Regina Peterson (James), all of Suffolk; two aunts, Ethel M. Collington (Ben) of Suffolk, and Eyoria Hangan, of Jacksonville, N.C.; 19 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


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Ms. Howell’s visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. today, Tuesday. A celebration of life service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at New Mt. Joy Food for Living Ministries Church, and she will be laid to rest at Carver Memorial Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy and flowers may be extended at

Professional services are entrusted to T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home Inc.