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Kay Howell

February 11, 1936 — June 19, 2022

Kay Lewis Little Howell, 86, of Locust, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Sunday, June 19, 2022, at her home in Locust.

Kay was born February 11, 1936, in North Carolina to the late Lewis Jackson “Jack” Little and the late Brettie Crayton Little.
She was also preceded in death by husband, Leonard James Howell; brothers, Worth Little, Hugh J. Little; sisters, Mildred Freeman, Hazel Brooks, Doris Beatty, and Brenda Carpenter.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland. A memorial service will be on Friday, June 24, at 11:00 am at Carolina Presbyterian Church in Locust officiated by Rev. Bruce League.

Kay was a loving wife, mother and “Nana”.  She was a member of Carolina Presbyterian Church of Locust for over 50 years where she was the organist.  Kay and her husband were also members of the West Stanly Lions Club for many years and served their community delivering Meals on Wheels.  She also served as treasurer of the Red Hat Society of Locust.  After their retirement, both Kay and Leonard started and owned Gifts and Wraps Unlimited in Locust. Kay loved traveling with her husband, and one of her most favorite places to visit was Hilton Head where she enjoyed shopping, eating, sitting by the pool, and meeting new people.  Kay never met a stranger and loved every moment she spent with her family.  Her laughter and smile could brighten anyone’s day.  Kay will be greatly missed by her family, friends and community.

Survivors include daughters, Mandi Howell Summers (Wade) of Locust, NC, and Beth Jones of Cameron, NC; granddaughters Brittney Speights (Travis), Meredith Long (Blaine); grandson, Connor Jones; great-grandchildren, Lathan Jones, Ellie Kate Long, Jennings Speights, and Ember Long;  many nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law Larry Carpenter.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Stanly County, Angell Culp and Judy Mills for their loving care of our “Nana”.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Stanly County.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Howell family.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Kay Howell, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, June 23, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland

13575 Broadway Ave, Midland, NC 28107

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Memorial Service

Friday, June 24, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Carolina Presbyterian Church

406 Renee Ford Rd, Locust, NC 28097

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