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Houston Bodell Howard

May 7, 1930 ~ December 7, 2010 (age 80)

Pink Hill
Houston Bodell Howard, 80, of 203 South Turner Street passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Pink Hill Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and served as Sunday School superintendent for 42 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 379 and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Pink Hill Ruritan Club, and was the former Mayor and a Town Commissioner of Pink Hill. He was a partner in Pink Hill Funeral Home, Inc. and a retired independent insurance agent with Howard's Insurance. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 9 at Pink Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Ann Brinson officiating. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ella Howard of the home; daughters, Fran Ward and husband Melvin of Pink Hill, Pam Howard Smith of Pink Hill, Bobbie Sugg and husband Al of LaGrange, and Mary Graves and husband Billy of Pink Hill; sons Houston Bodell Howard, Jr. and wife Denise of Mt. Olive, and Clay Howard and wife Annette of Pink Hill; sisters, Verdie Hill of Pink Hill, and Eloise Hemby of Kinston; brothers, Hugh Hallet Howard of Kinston and Harold Howard of Pink Hill. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Julie Jackson and husband Roy, Houston Bodell "Tray" Howard III and wife Tonya , Ryan Howard, Kyle Howard, Sara Smith and fiancé Seth Yowell, Melissa Smith, Adam Sugg, Allison Sugg, Morgan Graves, Will Graves, Whitney Graves, Jonathan Howard, and Mary Katheryn Howard; great-grandchildren, Diana Jackson, Jamysen Howard, Kody Buck and Meghan Buck. Visitation will be held at Pink Hill Funeral Home from 6 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Memorial contributions may be made to Pink Hill Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 357 Pink Hill, NC 28572. Online condolences may be sent to

Service Information

Visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at Pink Hill Funeral Home. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Pink Hill Funeral Home and interment at Oak Ridge Memorial.

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