Warner Robins, GA - Douglas L. Howard Sr., 79, passed away on August 14, 2013, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013, in the chapel of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home with burial in Parkway Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The Rev. Wayne Searcy officiated. Mr. Howard was born in Piedmont, Alabama. He was the son of the late Thomas and Minnie Ola (Thacker) Howard. He was retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service where he received a Bronze Star
while serving in Vietnam. After leaving the military, Mr. Howard worked and retired from Robins Air Force Base where he was a Supply Supervisor. Mr. Howard was a past Master of the Spessart Masonic Lodge #875 in Aschaffenburg, Germany and a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge #54 in Savannah for the past 48 years. He was a former member of the Congregational Methodist Church in Piedmont. Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Vera Howard; children, Thomas Howard II and wife, Ginny, Denise Ottum and husband, Steve, Douglas Howard Jr. and life partner, Tyler, all of Warner Robins; grandchildren, Christopher Howard, Michelle Bigler, Sean Howard, Jessica Emerson, Lauren Shipes; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Danny Kelly, Kenny Kelley, Roger Kelley, Benny Kelley; sisters, Marie Jones, Barbara Davis and Linda Chandler, all of Piedmont. He also left behind his beloved companions Suzie, Meggie and Peaches, his faithful animals. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society ALV.org
or to the Hospice Care Options at 136 Hospital Dr., Warner Robins, GA, 31088. Heritage Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.