Francine Ethel Howell
Francine Ethel Howell, 66, of Piggott, Ark., passed away May 16, 2018, in Piggott.
She was born on February 15, 1952, in Jackson, Tenn., and was the daughter of the late Reginald and Georgia (Bearden) Hogard.
She was united in marriage to Jimmy Howell on July 7, 1984, and he preceded her in death on October 30, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her stepdaughter, Carla Blackwell.
She is survived by her daughter, Marissa Howell of Piggott; special friend, Gary Mann of Piggott; two grandchildren, Summer Stoudt and husband Dave of La Plata, Md. and Steward Blackwell of St. Louis, Mo.; and many other relatives and friends.
Francine was a 1970 graduate of Piggott High School and was a school teacher for the Piggott School District for many years. She continued to volunteer after retirement at the Piggott Elementary School helping her daughter, Marissa, in her classroom. She attended New Hope Baptist Church in Pollard, Ark.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel, in Piggott, with Matthew Collier officiating and Loy Culver assisting. Burial will be in Piggott Cemetery, in Piggott. Pallbearers are Mark Howell, Alan Howell, Noah May, Daniel Burr, Ronnie Dunlap and Jason Howell. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and continue until the time of the service at the funeral home.