Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

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Brenda T Howell

October 26, 1940January 4, 2020

Mrs. Brenda Joyce Thornton Howell, 79, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at her home in Belleville, Illinois. Mrs. Howell was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina, in October 1940, to Mr. Donald Grigsby Thornton, Sr., and Mrs. Beulah Hattie Davis Thornton. She was the oldest of six siblings: Mr. Donald Thornton, Jr., of Buford, Georgia; Mr. Richard Thornton of Marietta, Georgia; Mrs. Sylvia Maddox of Monroe, Georgia; Mr. Jerry Thornton of Canton, Georgia; and Ms. Cynthia Thornton of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mrs. Howell attended University High School in Columbia, South Carolina. She married Robert Luther Howell of Miami, Florida, in November 1965. Mr. Howell preceded her in death on February 15, 2011, in Aiken, South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Howell raised 5 children: Mr. Thomas Ferlin Howell, Sr., of Lexington, South Carolina; Mrs. Wendy Carol Davison of Houston, Missouri; Mr. Robert Luther Howell, Jr., of O’Fallon, Illinois; Mr. Waylon Wright Howell of Braselton, Georgia; and Mr. Steven Douglas Howell of O’Fallon, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Howell had 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. An aspiring singer and entertainer, Mrs. Howell produced a record in 1962 with a popular song featured in the June 1, 1963 edition of “Billboard” magazine. The popular song on the A-side of the record was entitled, “Run Hun – Hun Run”; and the B-side of the record contained the song entitled, “I Could Never Live Without Your Love”. Mrs. Howell’s professional influencer was the legendary Patsy Cline. Mrs. Howell will rest in peace with her husband at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois. The graveside memorial is scheduled for 3 pm, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mrs. Howell’s name to the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 8, 2020


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Miriam Stevens

January 8, 2020

What a wonderful person. Brenda was one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met. Every time I saw or spoke with her we had a good laugh. I feel so blessed that we were able to share a bit of time together. She will be greatly missed.

Wishing much peace to the family as you celebrate the life of one so dear. May God bless and keep you in the comfort of His care through Christ Jesus.

Scott Merrell

January 7, 2020

With deepest condolences to the family. I loved meeting and interacting with Ms Howell on several occasions - she was a bright, witty spirit who had time for everyone. She will be missed.