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Johnnie L. Howard Jr.

Mr. Johnnie L. Howard Jr., age 84, passed from this life on Saturday, January 6, 2024, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born March 2, 1939, in Potter, Arkansas, to the late Johnnie L. Howard Sr., and Edith (Burt) Howard.

Mr. Howard retired from Johnston Farms after 25 years and spent some of his earlier years in different lumber yards. He was an animal lover, particularly enjoying horses, dogs, fox hunting and listening to the dogs run. In his younger years, Johnnie enjoyed dancing and reading western books, but one of his favorite activities was sitting on the porch and watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play in the front yard.

Mr. Howard is preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie L. Howard Sr., and Edith (Burt) Howard; beloved wife of 42 years, Linda (Blackwood) Howard; grandson, Travis Howard; brother, Jimmy Howard; sisters, Betty Jo Brooks, Joyce Martin, Margery Howard, Maxine Howard, and by baby sister, Dorothy Howard.

He is survived by his sons, Jeff Howard, Pete Howard and wife Ginny; daughter, Tammy Venable and husband Tim; grandchildren, Scotty Howard and wife Kimmy, Krystal Titsworth and husband Jimmy, Ty Venable, Cody Howard and wife Kayla, Lacey Goodner and husband Ross; 8 great-grandchildren, sister, Sammye Cureton; sister-in-law, Jackie Nash; caregiver, Dana Brown; as well as by a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Graveside services for Mr. Johnnie L. Howard Jr., will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas. Brother Floyd Folsom will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There is no visitation scheduled.

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