Joe Elliott Howard passed away April 3,2014, at his home in Florence, at the age of 88.
He was the son of the late Sabastian Howard and Catherine Patrick Howard. He is the step-son of Josephine Brown, of Lexington.
Joe Elliott Howard was born on August 4, 1925, in Prestonsburg. He grew up in Prestonsburg and attended Prestonsburg High School. Joe felt called to fight for his country and enlisted in the Navy where he served on a battleship in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war, he met and married Miss Georgia Arrington on October 17, 1947. Back home, he attended Mayo Technical College and studied to be a machinist. After completing school, he, Georgia and their new son, Jody moved north for work. He worked as a tool and dye maker for Queen City Forgeing Company in Cincinnatti, Ohio, until he retired. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife Georgia. They spent time in St. Augustine Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz. His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his son Jody, grandsons Shawn and Mark, brother-in-law Steve Stout and friends on fishing and hunting trips. Whether it was snook fishing in Florida or moose hunting in Canada, he was in his element. He also loved his dog, Ricky, who will miss him dearly.
Joe is preceded in death by his son, Joe Elliott Howard Jr.; a grandson, Mark Tyler Howard; and one brother Sabastian Howard Jr. He is survived by his wife of 66-1/2 years, Georgia Arrington Howard; a daughter-in-law, Ada Jayne Howard, of Prestonsburg; two grandchildren, Shawn Elliott Howard, of Martin, and Amy Susanne Hyden, of Prestonsburg; and five great-grandchildren- Ethan, Luke, Alexis, Isabella and Slade. He is survived by two brothers, George F.Howard and William S. Howard, both of Lexington, and three sisters, Lucy Hall, of Lexington, KY, Mary Lou Lockwood, of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Sue Ann Deavours, of Helen, Ga.
Joe lived a long and full life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. There is a special verse that Joe and his grandson shared when Joe decided to pray out to the Lord in his last days. Psalm 23