Ben Howard Jr.
Ben Robin Howard, Jr. Huntsville, AL Ben Robin Howard, Jr., 75, passed away at his home on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from complications of advanced prostate cancer. He was born October 3, 1941 in Jackson, MS, the first child and only son of the late Ellsworth Menard Howard and Ben Robin Howard, Sr. He graduated from Provine High School, Jackson, MS in 1959 and from the University of Mississippi in 1964 with a degree in Business. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a lifelong Ole Miss fan. He began his business career in sales in Mississippi, eventually moving to Memphis, TN, Gadsden, AL, and later to Huntsville, AL in 1973. He worked with National Cash Register (NCR) for 17 years and later with Mead Corporation's Zellerbach division, which was later sold to International Paper's xpedx division, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. He was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, serving in many capacities as Sunday school teacher, Acolyte Director, Usher, Vestry member, Jr. Warden, and Sr. Warden of the Vestry. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Katherine 'Kay' Gordon Howard; two sons, Ben Howard III (Gwen) of Nashville, TN, and Thomas Howard of Atlanta, GA; two step-sons, David Barrow (Dana) of Richmond, VA, Tom Barrow (Melissa) of Huntsville, AL, ten grandchildren, Patrick, Andrew, and Caroline Howard of Nashville, TN, John, Michael, Daniel and Luke Barrow of Richmond, VA, and Georgia, Theodore, and Timothy Barrow of Huntsville, AL; his sister, Vicki Howard Bennett (Richard); nieces, Stephanie Mahaffey and Robin Gourley (John), all of Madison, MS; nephew, Richard Bennett, Jr. (Leigh) of Oxford, MS; four great-nieces, a great-nephew; and his beloved yorkshire terrier, Sophie. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 21, 2016 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 8020 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the church. A private interment will be held prior to the service. Honorary pall bearers will be Harry Bandgren, Richie Bennett, Jack Bowen, Bill Cook, Michael Cook, Ralph Eppling, John Gourley, George Handel, Gardiner Pickens, Dwight Sloan, Charlie Walker, Ed Wills, and the Men's Dinner Group from St. Stephen's. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that contributions be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church or to the charity of your choice.
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