John Howard

Sunday, December 26, 2004

THEBES, Ill. -- John Leon Howard, 81, of Thebes died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Oct. 13, 1923, son of Jesse Lee and Ruby Mae Bryant Howard. He was a carpenter and electrician for Lawrence Ferrell Construction of Cape Girardeau. He had also worked for the Corps of Engineers.

He and Billie Walsh were married March 14, 1987, in Marble Hill, Mo. She died March 29, 1997.

Survivors include two sons, Jess Howard of Thebes, James Howard of Seymour, Ind.; a daughter, Nancy Wagers of Seymour; two stepsons, Richard and Michael Nance, both of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Robert Howard of Festus, Mo.; a sister, Helen Pilliard of Crystal City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Sprigg Street Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Stephen Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Lorimier Cemetery