Raymond Paul Howard, 79, of Jacksonville passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017, at his residence. He was born September 10, 1938, in Roodhouse, the son of William P. and Helen McGuire Howard. He married Jean Garner on August 13, 1956, in Senatobia, Mississippi. Surviving is his wife, Jean of Jacksonville; children, Randy (Lorie) Howard of Jacksonville and Brenda Welch of Aurora; grandchildren, Bethany (Tim) Buckner of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Raymond James Howard of Jacksonville, Scott (Tayler) Howard of Jacksonville and Kristin (Joshua) Smith of Charleston, South Carolina; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Darrell Howard of Winchester. He was preceded in death by one sister, Marjean Heskett; and a sister-in-law, Norma Howard. Raymond was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Alsey, where he served as a deacon. He was a heavy equipment operator his entire life, dedicating his last 44 years to Western Asphalt Inc. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at Daws Family Funeral Home in South Jacksonville with interment at Pine Tree Cemetery near Patterson. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church or Rasna Shrine Club. Condolences may be left online at www.dawsfuneralhome.com.
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