JAMES GRADY HOWARD, 86, A man of honor, faith, and dedication to his family, passed on May 15, 2020 at Estelle's House in Ocala, Florida. He was born March 15, 1934 to William Ralph and Ophelia Livesey Howard and is preceded in death by 6 brothers, 1 sister, 2 grandsons, and 1 daughter. He is survived by his loving wife Janet Howard, daughter Brenda Auer (Frank), Bonnie Howard, Sherrie Trew Goolsby (Richard), Kathy Trew Binegar, Susan Trew, son Bill Trew, Brother Charles Howard, 12 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. James married Betty Sue Dixon in 1952 and they remained married until her death in 2015. In March 2019, James married Janet Shelton and enjoyed every day they had together. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a great supporter of our country. He had a love and passion for flying. One of the happiest days of his life was when he earned his first set of Wings and achieved his pilots license, as well as when he bought his first airplane. He spent many hours flying and enjoying his newfound freedom. After his retirement, he enjoyed family time with his wife, fishing, NASCAR racing, vacations, and family gatherings with his children and grandchildren. He loved to play his guitar and sing the "old country music" and talk about his stories of life with us all. His love and compassion to us and his radiant smile will be cherished by all forever.
"James, I thank you for all the years you have been part of my life. I learned many thing from knowing you. I will remember fondly many of the projects we did together over the years. From painting Bonnies car to sneaking a drink together and the many antics in between. You lived the good life my friend. "
"Howard, may you rest in paradise. I will always remember house you and Betty were like my second parents. I\'ve had good times with you both and also had my cheating out by you if I did wrong. But it was always for my own good. I will always love you both and what you did for me as I was growing up. And we will meet up again down the road. Love you always, Evelyn
"I will never for how Pa and Nana took me in loving arms and gave me so many wise words and great advice on life. I will miss him so very much but I know just where he is. ??????????????????"
"My father had a love and passion for flying. One of the happiest days of his life was when he earned his first set of wings with a pilot?s license and bought his airplane. He spent many hours enjoying his new found freedom.
Enjoy your wings Daddy and keep flying high.???"
"All of you are in my prayers! Love you guys!"
"Uncle James was a very generous person with his time and love. When my father died Aunt Betty and Uncle James stepped in and helped my mother with five children. Each of us have fond memories of Uncle James. God Bless him. Carol Dixon Ruhlman"