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Dorothy Kell Howerton

February 13, 1938 — March 30, 2023

Dorothy Kell Howerton

Dorothy Kell Howerton, 85 of South Boston, VA passed away peacefully on March 30, 2023.  She was born in Halifax County, VA on February 13, 1938 to the late Thornton Kell and the late Carrie Mae Woodall Kell.  She was first married to the late Raleigh Hagood Martin and later married to the late Cedric Howerton.


She was a member of First Crossroads Baptist Church.  She loved the   Lord, her church, and her Bible.  Dorothy was an exceptional wife, mother, and childcare provider.  She cared deeply for her family, neighbors, and children.  She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. Dorothy will be remembered in love by all who knew her.


Dorothy Kell Howerton is survived by:

Her Children

Nancy Martin Howerton and husband David of Halifax

Charlan Martin Glass and husband Michael of South Boston

Raleigh Dean Martin of Burkeville, VA


David Wayne Howerton, Samantha Coates, Whitney Martin, Jonathan Owen (Heather) and Shane Glass

Ten Great Grandchildren


***Preceded in death by***

Her son

Steve Allen Martin


Florence Martin and Audrey Queensberry


A graveside service will be held Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. at Halifax Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Dan Ward officiating.


The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 2:45 at Powell Funeral Home and other times at the home of Charlan Glass, 811 Greenway Dr., South Boston, VA 24592.


For memorials, please consider Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558 or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

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