Thomas Ray Howard

Published 3:00 pm Monday, August 23, 2021

Graveside service for Mr. Thomas Ray Howard will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 25, at First Pentecostal Church of Bude, in Franklin County, MS.

On August 21, 2021, Mr. Howard joined his precious wife of 33 years in the Land where they will never die again. He was born January 2, 1947, to James Thomas Howard and Lanell Dickerson. He was 74 years of age. He worked with the Forrest Service and was a member of First Pentecostal Church Bude. Mr. Howard served his country in the United States Army National Guard where he was awarded various ribbons and medals. He married Myrtis Rushing Richardson on November 16, 1988, and her family became his family. He has longed to be reunited with her since her death in 2015. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Myrtis Rushing Richardson Howard; stepdaughter, Laura Joann Richardson Howard; his parents; and many siblings.

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Those left to cherish his memory are his stepson, Glen Richardson and wife, Carole; four grandchildren, Tony Richardson, Trent Richardson, Timmy Richardson, Teresa King and husband, Jamie; eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, as well as other loving family members and friends.

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