Chaplain (COL) Robert B. Howerton, Jr., USA, Retired, of Germantown, TN., passed away on December 24, 2013, at the age of 85 in San Antonio, TX. He was born March 8, 1928, in Adona, AR. He graduated from Greene County High School, Paragould, AR in 1945, Hendrix College, Conway, AR in 1951 and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX in 1954. Robert served his country proudly and retired in 1981 from Fort Sam Houston, TX with 26 years of service. He received numerous medals which included the Bronze Star for meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam. Robert was also retired from Methodist Health Systems in Memphis, TN and the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Robert served several churches in Arkansas, which included Mountain Home and Cotter. He was the son of a United Methodist Minister. Robert was a member of Germantown United Methodist Church for 34 years and the Gilbert Sunday School Class. Robert was preceded in death by his parents Robert B. Howerton and Myrtle Woodard Howerton, wife Gerry D. Howerton, sons, Charles R. Howerton and Robert B. Howerton, III and all of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by daughter, Mary Jane Howerton Carroll and husband Michael. Also surviving him are his extended family, grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Germantown UMC, on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Visitation will be at 12 p.m. in the church parlor followed by the Memorial Service at 1 p.m. A reception will immediately follow in the church fellowship hall. A dual Graveside Service celebrating the lives of Robert and Geraldene Howerton, will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, in San Antonio, TX, at 1 pm on January 31, 2014. Robert will be buried with full military honors. The entire Howerton/Carroll family is forever grateful to the members of Germantown UMC, and Robert's friends. Memorial contributions may be sent to Germantown UMC, 2331 South Germantown Road, Germantown, TN, 38138, designated to the Senior Pastor Discretionary Fund. Porter Loring Mortuary North (210)495-8221
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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 19, 2014