Dr. Willie Ree Howell was instrumental in the formation of the
Foundation, and served as its first treasurer.
She is a native
of Mississippi and received her BS degree in biology at
Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She immediately
furthered her education at the University of Mississippi
School of Medical Technology, then years later received her
MD degree from the University of Mississippi School of
After completing her family practice residency at Floyd
Medical Center in Rome, GA, she was employed as an emergency
physician at Rome and area hospitals until her retirement in
For a short time in 1997, she served as a volunteer
physician at Baptist Medical Centre,, Nalerigu, Ghana.
She continues to serve at various sites on a volunteer
She married her childhood sweetheart, Charles, Howell, in
1954. They are very proud of their descendants:
one son, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, six
great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. And
according to Willie Ree, "Every one of them is priceless."
The Howells are active members at First
Baptist Church in Cave Spring, GA.
Dr. Howell enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and
continuing education, but most of all, she enjoys time with