John Frank Howard

Published 9:44 am Thursday, May 14, 2020

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Mr. John Frank Howard, 93, of Mocksville, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem with his family by his side.

Mr. Howard was born April 26, 1927 in Davie County to the late Joseph Henry Howard and Martha Rebecca Allen Howard.  He was a loving husband, father and “papaw/grandpop.” he was from the generation that believed in strong family ties and always supported his family. He was a proud veteran of the US Army. He believed in recycling before it became popular. He did not believe in throwing items away until he had had a chance to repair them and return them to service. He was an excellent repairman/builder and made numerous pieces of furniture and crafts for his family.  He retired from the NC School of the Arts as a carpenter.  He was also known as a fine bluegrass musician. He played and sang at bluegrass events and especially loved singing at the early service at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Advance. He would fondly remember his time as a young teenage boy working on the WinMock Farm. Late in life he made a new friend, Tom Williams, grandson of the original owner of WinMock Farm. He thoroughly enjoyed his visits with Tom and made an immediate connection.

He was also proceeded in death by: his wife of nearly 74 years, Ellon Howard; son, Tony Howard; brothers, Leonard, Allen, Sam, Taylor, and Bill; and sisters, Ila Mae, Mary Ellen, Edna, Nina Jean.

Survivors: 2 sons Jerry (Gail) and Dennis (Vickie); daughter-in-law (Lana); granddaughter, Christin; step grandchildren, Shane Wood (Rosa) and Dawn Sechrest (Tim); step great-grandchildren, Will and Elizabeth Sechrest and Anna, Mia and Aila Wood; sister-in-law, Betty Harper; nieces, Vicky, Gena, April, Sharon; great-nephew, Jamie; close family members, Kylie and Tyler; and other special nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family graveside service will be held in his memory.

Memorials: Bethlehem UMC Good Neighbor Fund.