On Sunday, April 18, 1999 at 3 p.m., the Lord commanded the gates of Heaven to be opened to receive his daughter, Mrs. Lillian F. Howell.

     She was born April 12, 1919 in Powhatan, VA to the late Rev. Joshua and Blanche Fisher. She resided in Powhatan and graduated from Pocahontas High School. She joined Hollywood Baptist Church at an early age and was an active member until the time of her death. She was married to the late James Howell, Sr. and they were blessed with three children. She was loved by everyone she came in contact with. Her friendly smile was always full of love for everyone.

     She leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters, Mrs. Shirley Fisher and Mrs. Blanche Farrar; one son, James Howell, Jr.; one sister, Mrs. Martha Wyche; three brothers, David and Joseph Fisher and Leroy Hargrave; two brothers-in-law, Robert Howell and Wilbur Wyche; four sisters-in-law, Alice Fisher, Loretta Fisher, Mildred Fisher and Mahalia Hargrave; five grandchildren; one devoted Gaither Fisher; 6 great-grandchildren; one foster daughter, Shirley Adams (Wilbit); a host of nieces and nephews; one devoted cousin, Sel Fisher; four devoted friends, Senna Coles, Ruby Leonard, Shonda Gilliam and Cora Bates.

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I Must Leave You

I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant smile.

And for my sake and in my name,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never be afraid to die, for I am waiting for you in the sky!

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