WILSON - Arnold Preston Howard Sr. 87, of Spring Arbor passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Wilson Medical Center. Mr. Howard served in the U.S. Navy during WWII with an Honorable Discharge in 1946. He was a Scoutmaster with Troop 273 and a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow, an Honor Camping Society. He was a member of the Kinston and Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodges. He was a life long/charter member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church and retired in 1984 after many years with the Department of Transportation. Arnold was an avid sportsman who loved to fish (especially flounder gigging with his brother-in-law, Elmer "Muskrat" Sutton). He also enjoyed deer hunting with family and friends at C and J Hunting Club near Cove City and even an occasional trip to Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard F. and Daisy Howard; his sisters, Geraldine Menear, Arlene Aasen and Mary Kathryn Corbett; his brothers, Warren, Maurice, and Rommie Howard. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014, from the chapel of Garner Funeral Home with Judy Deme officiating. Interment will follow in Pinelawn Memorial Park with Military and Masonic Rites. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the funeral. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Banolia Barwick Howard of the home; his son, Preston Howard and wife Joyce, of Elm City and their daughter, Nikki Howard Nichols and husband Jason, and children, Jayden and Amaya of Sterlington, La.; his daughter, Brilla Wiggins and husband Bill, of West Point, Va. and their children, Robbie Kelley and wife Cassie, and their child, Oliver of Wilmington, Ginny Holloman and husband Blake, and their children, Madison and Daniel of Wilson, and Maggie Kreitzer and husband Tommy, and their children, Rebecca, Grant, and Katherine of Wilson; his sisters, Florine Brigman and husband Sam, of New Bern, Maxine King of Kinston, LouAnn Thigpen and husband Mervin, of Potters Hill, Nancy Carr and husband Willie, of Potters Hill and Diane Marshburn and husband Kenneth, of Kinston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers North Carolina (ALZNC) 1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27602. Online condolences may be sent to garner-funeralhome.com. Garner Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com.
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Published in Free Press on Sept. 4, 2014