Lawandra Howard

January 3, 1950 - January 20, 2021
Lawandra Howard

Lawandra Desmer Howard

January 3, 1950 – January 20, 2021

Lawandra Howard, 71, of Wilmington, NC died Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Lawandra was born on January 3rd, 1950 at James Walker Hospital in Wilmington, NC to the late Carl Denzil Sutton Sr. and surviving parent Larneice Fulton Sutton. 

Lawandra is survived by three brothers— Carl Denzil Sutton Jr., Roderick Sutton, and Marcus; and one sister— Soraya Sutton Watson (Terry). She was preceded in death by one brother— Shannon F. Sutton Sr. (Rosie Suttondeceased).

Lawandra was a mother of 4 sons James Graham, Heath Graham, Darrell L. King II, and Jon King (Brandi); and one daughter— Shanekqua King. She also raised her deceased brother Shannon’s son Shaun R. Sutton, as her own. She had 3 additional children through marriage with Larry Howard— Shawn Howard (deceased), Sabrina Howard and Devri Howard.

Lawandra and Larry shared 13 grandchildren whom they loved spending time with. She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, two aunts, and was preceded in death by one uncle.

During her life’s journey she obtained her education in New York. She was a smart entrepreneur who opened up a childcare service and also obtained her license as a beautician.

Lawandra was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on November 21, 1965 as a member of the Atlantic Congregation in Brooklyn, NY and pioneered a few years later. On January 14th, 1992 Lawandra and Larry got married in Queens, NY. A few years later in June of 1994, Lawandra and Larry decided to move to Wilmington, NC. They initially attended the Wrightsboro Congregation, followed by the Sunset Park Congregation, and years later were assigned to the Cape Fear Congregation.

Lawandra was well-loved at her place of employment, The Commons of Brightmore. She was a dedicated employee for 23 years as an Administrative Assistant.

She was well-loved by her family, friends and sisters & brothers in faith. Lawandra died as a faithful witness of Jehovah.

Lawandra was kind to everyone and kept Matthew 7:12 as an example in her life and lived by it. She always held close the hope Jehovah gives us for the resurrection at John 5:28, 29.

A funeral service will take place on Sunday, February 14th at 2:00pm on Zoom. Please contact the family for more information.

Click HERE to download the funeral program.


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  • January 29, 2021
    Debra Blake says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with Larry and with all of the family. I was Lawandra and Larry's neighbor. They became my friends and we had some good times with our talks. I am so sorry to hear of Lawandra's passing. I am also sorry to hear Larry is still dealing with his bout of this COVID. I pray rehab will be short for him and that he can get through this and back home where he belongs. After everything Lawandra went through after the sidewalk accident, I thought she was on the mend and last I saw them, they were both doing well even though she was still having some trouble with her hand. She is so beautiful and they are such good people. I will miss Lawandra and I will definitely keep Larry in my prayers for his healing. Please hold on to the beautiful memories and know Lawandra is now free from this and has her wings and is totally free watching down on all of you. ❤ ❤ God Bless her. P.S. Larry, that was me calling you in observation. You didn't take the call because I didn't have your cell phone. I only had Lawandra's. I was your pest! I apologize. While you are at rehab I hope everything goes well and you get better and fully recover. I have you in my thoughts and prayers and to your beautiful wife, her spirit is shining down on all of you. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to give me a call. So many years together. So many memories to cherish. <3 <3

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