Mr. George Albert Howard, 78, of Dewey, died at 9:05 A.M. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center.
Funeral services for Mr. Howard will be held at 2 P.M. on Monday, February 25, 2013 at the Bartlesville Southern Baptist Church, 5111 S.E. Nowata Road in Bartlesville with Rev. Ross Atkins and Pastor Mark Pepple officiating. Interment will be in the Dewey Cemetery directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Casket escorts will include Brent Thummel, Nick Beffer, Joe Beffer, Matt Forester, Tyler Hadley, Brandon Hadley and Spanky Mahan.
The Howard family will receive guests at the Stumpff Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 PM to 6 PM.
A memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Church of God Holiness, 1001 N. Creek, Dewey, Oklahoma 74029 or to the
, P.O. Box , 841125, Dallas, Texas,
Mr. Howard was born at Coody's Bluff, Oklahoma in Nowata County on June 30, 1934 to Charles Donald and Leva Lorea (Jackson) Howard. He grew up and received his education in Alluwe where he graduated from high school and also operated Mutt's grocery store there. He was married to Shirley Lee Conner on April 3, 1953 in Tulsa and they made their home in Alluwe and then Tulsa where he was employed with Fitzgerald Funeral Home there. They later moved to the Bartlesville/Nowata area and he was employed briefly at the Burt Funeral Home in Bartlesville and in the oil field with his father. They moved to Vinita where he was a route salesman for Wonder Bread. While in Vinita he was active in the Vinita Jaycees chapter which he served a term as president and was also active at the annual rodeo as a rodeo clown. In the early 1960's they moved to Nowata where he was employed in the grocery business until moving to Iola, Kansas in 1969 where he was employed with Thompson's Poultry. They returned to Bartlesville to make their home in 1972 and he was employed with Prudential Insurance, was a butcher at Carter's Food Store in Eastland Center and a supervisor at Reda Pump Company. He had also worked as a butcher at Copan Grocery and other local meat markets. He was married to Shirley Joyce (Griggs) Pittman on May 30, 1977 at Dewey. They have made their home in Dewey since that time. He was employed as a night supervisor at Ogden Allied in Bartlesville and had also worked at the Whirlpool plant in Tulsa. For the past 15 years he has worked as a funeral assistant at the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory in Bartlesville. He was a member of the Church of God Holiness in Dewey, the Bartlesville Sportsmen's Club and the National Rifle Association. An outdoorsman, he was an avid deer hunter and fisherman, especially opening and closing days of trout season at Roaring River State Park in Missouri.
Mr. Howard is survived by his wife Shirley Howard of the home in Dewey, five daughters, Janice Mangum and husband Clay of Carrollton, Texas, Cathy Latta and husband Bob of Hesston, Kansas, Paula House and husband Ed of Bartlesville, Marla Smith and husband Chuck of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Sandy Hadley and husband Alvin of Wann, one son, Scott Pittman and wife Kathy of Bartlesville, 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Martha Faubion Gibbons on January 19, 2011 and a daughter, Vickie Puryear on December 30, 2007.