Gwendolyn Annette (Horton) Howell

Born: Mon., Jun. 24, 1968
Died: Mon., Oct. 4, 2021


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 08, 2021
Location: Adams-Buggs Funeral Service ~ Etowah Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 09, 2021
Location: Rainbow Memorial Gardens

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Music by The Piano Brothers

It is with heartfelt sympathy, we announce the passing of Mrs. Gwendolyn A. Howell of Gadsden, Alabama, who transitioned on Monday, October 4, 2021, at the age of 53.  We ask that you please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Gwendolyn Annette Horton Howell was born on June 24, 1968, in Gadsden, AL to Lavon Horton and Ruth Burkes (Horton) Trammell. 
She confessed Christ at a young age and joined Union Baptist Church, and then united with Victory Missionary Baptist Church, where she was the church pianist.  She enjoyed music and began playing the piano at an early age.  She served as the musician and assistant musician at several churches in the area.
Gwen attended Gadsden City Schools and graduated from Emma Sansom High School in 1987. She was in the band and a color guard.  She also attended Jacksonville State University and graduated from Gadsden State Technical College in Cosmetology and she worked at Beauty Ovations.  Gwen attended Gadsden State Community where she graduated in May 2014 with a Medical Lab degree. She was employed in the medical field for many years. 
Gwen is one of the most beautiful spirited, friendly and sociable people you could ever meet.  She enjoyed life with family gatherings, traveling, singing, baking, and cooking (The Barbeque Contest Queen). Gwen is affectionally known as GeeGee by her grandbabies and she adored them with all of her heart.
Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, Lavon Horton, Sr., and Ruth Burkes Trammell; her grandparents, Joe Burkes and Mary Frances Thomas, and Oscar and Etta Mae Horton, Sr.
On October 4, 2021, God opened heavens gates to her, just before noon.
Gwen is cherished and is already greatly missed by her husband of 22 years, Cornelius Bernard Howell; son, Harold J. Woody, II; daughter, DeMonica L. Woody; three grandbabies, Kylie Woody, Rylie Woody, and Quincy Fomby II; stepfather, Rev. Thomas A. Trammell; siblings, Nettie R. Burkes, Tarita S. Burkes, Jennell (Tony) Cole, Kerry J. Burkes, Kenny (Karen) Burkes, Brennetta Watkins, Lavon Horton, Jr., and Randy Horton; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Howell; sister-in-law Karen Howell; uncle and aunt, Jimmy (Laura) Horton, a host of cousins, nieces and nephews; special friends that were just like sisters, Pernicia Woody Douthard, Nerretta Hardy, Twylisha Sampson, Aquanetta Towers, Rhonda Turner, and Donna Ingram.

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Erica Thomas Maye
   Posted Wed October 06, 2021
Sending my condolences and Praying for the family.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Erica Thomas Maye

Wendy Gomez
   Posted Wed October 06, 2021

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Dr. Gomez Walker.

With deepest sympathy, Dr. Gomez Walker and staff/friends from Sand Mountain Internal Medicine

Teresa Davenport
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family.
We can take comfort and assurance from Jesus’s words, I go and prepare a place for you. John 14:3
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gwen Bonner
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends as you mourn the loss of your loved one.

May you cherish the memories and the love Gwen left in your heart.

Extending Deep Sympathy

Carla Freeman
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Regina Howard-Freeman .

My condolences to the Howell family during this mist difficult time. Regina Howard-Freeman and family

Austin Brooks
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Austin Brooks .

We are praying for you all. From Austin, Ms. Brooks, Dallas and Conner

Elizabeth & James E Whatley
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
We ask that God wrap his loving and strong arms around all of you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Gwen will be truly missed.

Mrs. Virginia Jackson and Family
   Posted Thu October 07, 2021
My sincere sympathy to the family. Lifting you all up in prayer. Asking God to watch over you in your time of need. Mrs. Virginia Jackson and Family.

Renita Harrell Davis
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021
My heartfelt condolences and prayers are extended to the family of Gwen. May you find comfort in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Karen D Daniel
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Howell Family: Mary,Karen,Mikalea and DaQuandalon .

May God continue to wrap his arms around the family in the days, weeks and months to come.

Lucretia Green
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021


Oh how I wish I could call you and just talk about Life, just have one more of our long and random-topic conversations. Who am I gonna make a banana cake for now???

   Posted Fri October 08, 2021
To Husband, Cornelius Howell; Children: Harold and Cassie:

The Lord cares deeply when His loved ones die (Psalm 116:15, New Living Translation). I remember Mrs. Howell when I was at Victory Missionary Baptist Church; she was a special person. I pray God will bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

Enga and ArieyUna Sturns
   Posted Fri October 08, 2021
It saddened me when I heard of your passing, but I know that you are resting and at peace. I pray that the family will will also find Peace in CHRIST during this difficult time

Dorothy Jelks Funderburg
   Posted Sat October 09, 2021
My heartfelt and deepest condolences for Howell, Horton, and Woody families. Gwen was a Beautiful Sister inside and out!! We pray that GOD will bless and strengthen you all during this difficult time, and in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

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