Dr. Virgil Howell was born on February 22, 1934 in Southampton County, Va. He was the son of Parker D. Howell and Mattie Carr Howell. He attended Chuckatuck Elementary School and graduated from Chuckatuck High School in 1952. He entered Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. and received an Associate Degree in Business Administration. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served most of his two years of active duty in Karlsruhe, Germany as a part of the Army of Occupation-Europe. After discharge from the U.S. Army he entered Elon College. Once he had completed the required courses necessary for admission, he entered the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in the fall of 1959. He graduated from MCV in 1963 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He practiced general dentistry in Norfolk, Va. until he retired in 1992. He was a member of the Tidewater Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association. During his retirement years he spent most of his time in Kitty Hawk, N.C. and Warm Springs, Va. He returned to Suffolk in the summer of 2002 and was one of the first residents of Lake Prince Woods Retirement Community in Suffolk, Va. He died on April 30, 2003.