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Lorene Howlett



Memorial Service with Pastor James M. McCarroll, Jr., officiating:
1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2011
First Baptist Church, 738 E. Castle Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Lorene Lytle Howlett was the seventh child of twelve children born to the union of Thomas and Sadie (O’Neil) Lytle. She was born August 7, 1927 in Burke County, Glen Alpine, North Carolina and departed this life February 6, 2011 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Lorene led a full and productive life. As a youth, she was a faithful member of McElrath Chapel AME Church, Glen Alpine, NC. At Olive Hill High School, in Glen Alpine, NC, she was the captain of her basketball team. She continued her education at Johnson C Smith University, in Charlotte, NC. She was also the captain of the university basketball team.

While Lorene was traveling to Illinois, to stay with her sister Rose, she met Amanda (Cobb) Perrin. They became best friends. They were standing on the bus stop, when they met their soon to become husbands (also best friends), Walter Perrin Sr. and Paul Howlett Sr. After they were married in a double wedding ceremony, they later bought homes next door to each other, in Evanston, IL. Lorene and Paul (Buddy) celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Lorene was very crafty. There was no limit to her creativity. Her dolls that she made and sold were featured in a local paper. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting hats, blankets, and slippers. She took pride in her work of reupholstering her living room furniture.

As the matriarch, the family all came together at her house for celebrations. She was the glue that held everyone together. She will always be remembered for her annual Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day picnics.

Affectionately called “Mama Rain,” she was known for her compassion and generosity toward others. Lorene belonged to several organizations including the VFW, Meals on Wheels, and participated in a great amount of charity work. She was also a nurse at Second Baptist Church (Evanston, IL).

Lorene was a long time member of Second Baptist Church of Evanston until she and Paul moved, in 1994, to Murfreesboro, TN, in search for a warmer climate and easier living. While living in Tennessee she attended First Baptist Church at 738 E Castle, Murfreesboro, TN.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Sadie O’Neil Lytle; her daughter, Barbi Lynn Howlett (Arthur Jr) Porter; eight brothers Alfred (Dorothy) Lytle, Earl (Luzella) Lytle, William (Ruth) Lytle, Harry (Irene) Lytle, Norman (Juanita) Lytle, Thomas (Christine) Lytle, Harrison Lytle, and Herman (Esther Mae) Lytle, and two sisters, Charlotte Ruth (John) Abernathy and Rosie (Henry) Underwood.

She leaves to cherish her memories her beloved husband, Paul Howlett Sr. (Murfreesboro, TN), one son, Paul (Esther) Howlett Jr. (Evanston, IL), one daughter, Valerie Howlett (Des Plaines, IL), one sister, Lucille (Louis) Rutherford, ten grandchildren, Carl “Rico” Cooper, III, Martinique Lorene Cooper, Angelique Cooper, Deanna Howlett, Paul Howlett III, Paula Howlett, Christopher Carter, Codrington Carter, Arthur L Porter III, and Arrington Porter, seven great-grandchildren Sean Gaines, Kiseana Gaines, Shawana Gaines, Paul Howlett IV, Kamai Howlett, Marelyn Howlett, Alex Howlett, two brother-in-laws Carl (Joan) Howlett, Louis (Lucille) Rutherford, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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