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Virgil Howard

Virgil Howard, age 92, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Greenville, Texas.

He was born June 26, 1928 in Cherry Hill, Arkansas to the late Marion Howard and the late Willie Hess Howard.  He was united in marriage to Willa Howard on August 23, 1953.  Virgil served his country in the United States Army.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to McDonald’s for his morning coffee visits.  He cherished family get-togethers and was a member and loved his church, the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene. Virgil was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

He is survived by a Son, Randy Howard and wife Cheryl; Daughter, Lanelle Brand and husband Stephen; Grandchildren, Melissa Gregg, Chris Howard, Jennifer Wood, Amy Howard, Jonathon Howard, Michael Brand, and Melanie Wells; 17 Great Grandchildren; Brothers, Everett Howard and Gene Howard; A host of other family and friends too great to mention.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Willa; son, Henry Howard, brothers, Curtis, Frank and Otis Howard; sisters, Berniece Howard and Twinkle Wilson.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Mark Lyle officiating.  Interment will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Howard, Luke Howard, Tim Gregg and Easton Gregg.

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