Philips Vance “P.V.” Howard, 89, of Henrietta, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel in Henrietta with Rev. Howard Walker, pastor of the First Christian Church of Henrietta, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Henrietta, under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.
Mr. Howard was born Feb. 26, 1924 in Spanish Fort, Montague County to W.I. and Vera Inez (Gist) Howard. In 1929 the ranch in the Bluegrove area was purchased additionally, and a home in Henrietta was obtained, so as to be located between the two ranches. A lifetime rancher and cattleman, he owned cattle from a very young age. He ranched into his mid 80’s. In 2008 P.V. and wife Juanell moved back from south Texas to Henrietta to be closer to family and friends. He graduated from Henrietta High School in 1942. After high school he attended Texas A&M University for a semester and a half before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. His tour of duty was in the Pacific arena and included Iwo Jima and the early occupation of Japan. Upon returning to the United States he resumed ranching. On April 24, 1947, P.V. married Mary Elizabeth Slagle. Mary Elizabeth died in October of 1979 after 32 years of marriage. He married Florence Juanell Baird Martin on Jan. 31, 1981. He was the oldest Nine Man Board member and a lifetime member of the VFW.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; an infant daughter, Phyllis Elizabeth; a brother-in-law, Bill Dugger; a sister, Nannie Catherine Dugger; and a son-in-law, Tim McClure.
Survivors include his wife; Juanell “Nell” Howard; two children, Robert “Bob” Howard and wife Cathy of Bluegrove, and Terry and Lamona Martin and Laniece McClure; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308; or the Sherrie Baird Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Deaf at Southwest Colligate School for the Deaf, 101 Birdwell Lane, Big Springs, Texas 79720.
The family will be at Davis Funeral Home Monday evening from 6-7 p.m.