Ernest Lee Howard, 69, of Watha passed gently from his earthly life on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at home surrounded with love from his cherished family.
He was born November 25, 1947 in Duplin County to Ernest Junior and Lottie Sanderson Howard. Also remembered are his sisters, Dollie Lucas and Jane Teachey, both who preceded Lee in death.
Lee is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Sarah Elizabeth Hicks Howard; sons, Jimmy Lee Howard, Sr. (Roxann) and Gordon Dean Howard (Trish); grandchildren, Jimmy Lee Howard, Jr. (P.J.), Samantha Danielle Murray (Tony), and Kristopher Eric Howard (K.J.); great grandchildren, Ryan Willetts, Keven Howard, Jase Howard and Bella Murray; sisters, Josephine Wilkerson (Frank) and Mary Marks (Robert); many extended family and dear friends.
Lee served his country honorable in the US Army. He was a faithful member of Penderlea Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Not only was Lee a beloved husband, but a wonderful daddy, granddaddy, brother and friend. He loved the Lord and his church family. In years past he and Sarah worked with the church youth and most recently Lee was king of the coffee ministry at Penderlea PH church. Lee was a man of many talents; farming, tinkering with tools and tractors, and often invented and made his own tools. Lee was fun loving, kind hearted, lover of life, grace giving, and a faithful believer in Jesus.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Penderlea Pentecostal Holiness Church. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church with The Rev. Dean Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Park.
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Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Burgaw.