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H. Fred Howard of Vashti


H. Fred Howard, Jr., 87, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in Wichita Falls.

Fred Howard

Fred Howard

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 at the First Baptist Church of Bellevue with Robert Slayton officiating. Burial will follow in the Vashti Cemetery under the direction of White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

Mr. Howard was born May 5, 1926 to in Skene, Miss., to Horace, Sr., and Effie Howard. He served in the U.S. Army for five years and the United States Air Force for 20 years. While serving during World War II, he was awarded two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star. Fred and his late wife Jo Nell owned and operated Transport Refrigeration Company in Wichita Falls for many years. In 1970, Fred moved his family to Vashti where he was able to fulfill his dreams of farming and ranching.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jo Nell Howard; and a sister, Shirley Molina.

Survivors include a daughter, Joni Drullinger and husband Ronnie of Wichita Falls; two sisters, Marie Taylor and Mary Ann Castellane, all of Mississippi; a brother, James Robert Howard of Mississippi; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


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