October 11, 1947 – April 13, 2021
Johnnie William Howard, 73, of Clyde died Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in an Abilene hospital. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., May 15, 2021 at Hillcrest Church of Christ with Terry Brown officiating under the direction of Bailey Howard Funeral Home of Clyde
Johnnie was born October 11, 1947 in Brownfield to William (Bill) and Olivia (Boring) Howard. He graduated from Union High School in Terry County in 1966. He married Brenda Gaither in Brownfield on November 19, 1971. Johnnie worked for TxDot for 38 years, retiring as maintenance foreman. They moved to Clyde from Brownfield in 2005, to be closer to family. He was a proud Texan and a very proud Pappy of six beautiful granddaughters. He was an avid Texas Tech fan and fan of his hometown teams, Clyde and Brownfield. He also loved the Dallas Cowboys, a passion he shared with his sons. Johnnie loved hunting, fishing and being with his family. He was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Brenda Howard of Clyde; children, Heather McClure and husband Scott of Abilene and Jason Howard and wife Allison of Keller; sister-in-law Iola Howard of Noble, Oklahoma; two brothers, Donnie Howard and wife Lois of Brownfield and Ricky Howard and wife Cathy of Anson; six granddaughters, Megan and Bethany McClure of Abilene, Jessie Howard of Nocona, Harper, Bailey and Ellis Howard of Keller; mother-in-law Dorey Gaither of Clyde; sister-in-law Dorey Gaither of Lubbock; three nephews, two nieces and several great nephews and nieces.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, his son William Wade Howard, brother Kennith Howard, father-in-law James Gaither and brothers-in-law, Dave and Kenneth Gaither.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to Send the Light Mission Points, Hillcrest Church of Christ at https://hillcrestonline.com/ministries/missions/send-the-light