GOLDSBORO - William Edward "Bill" Howard Jr., of Goldsboro passed away peacefully at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro on Sunday afternoon, December 16, 2012, with his loving daughter at his side. Mr. Howard was a born on August 11, 1927, in Albemarle, N.C. and was the son of William E. Howard and Daisy Howard. He graduated from Albemarle High School and then joined the U.S. Navy serving his country from 1944-1945 at the end of World War II. He attended N.C. State and began his career as an Engineer in civil service in 1949 with NACA then NASA where he worked on the early space program with many test pilots and famous astronauts. He transferred to Civil Engineering at Seymour Johnson AFB in 1969 so his family could move to Kinston to be close to his wife's family. He retired from a long career of 38 years in 1987. He met his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Rouse Howard, in 1954 at Topsail Beach and they married on May 27, 1956. She preceded him in death in June 2008. The Howards lived in Newport News, Virginia until 1969 when they moved to Kinston and then moved to Goldsboro in 2006 to be near their daughter and her family. Mr. Howard was a life-long Presbyterian most recently a member of First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Howard was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and very proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. He encouraged them to strive for a good education and to enjoy the outdoors. He passed along his enjoyment of the N.C. Coast, fishing, and a good golf game. His greatest joy in recent years was spending time with his grandchildren. One of his proudest days was attending the college graduation of his two granddaughters in May 2009 in Chapel Hill. He was blessed with a good long life. He is survived by his loving family: his son, William Allen Howard and his wife Debbie, of Raleigh and their daughters, Caroline and Katherine; and his daughter, Mary Howard Bartlett and her husband Gary, of Goldsboro and their son, Will. The family will celebrate his life with a graveside service at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Kinston at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday with the Rev. Dr. Frederick Clarke officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Goldsboro. The family wishes to express their heart filled appreciation to Dr. Cipriani and the staff at Kitty Askins Hospice Center for their loving and compassionate care and especially to his care providers Gwen and Wanda. The family requests memorials to the expansion fund of Kitty Askins Hospice Center or to the capital campaign of Wayne Country Day School in Goldsboro. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home in Kinston. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Edwards Funeral Home
702 North Queen Street
Kinston, NC 28501
Published in Free Press from Dec. 19 to Dec. 22, 2012