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Bobby O'Brien Howard

EDGEMOOR -- Bobby O'Brien Howard, 72, of 2600 Starnes Road, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008, at his residence.

A native of Burtie County, Mr. Howard was born June 25, 1935, a son of the late Garvie and Evelyn Dilday Howard. He was a former Lions Club member where he was past-president, past district governor and secretary/treasurer. Mr. Howard was a retired conductor from Norfolk/Southern Railroad after 38 and a half years, was a member of Neely's Creek A.R.P. Church where he was a deacon, member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and the Neely's Creekers and a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Venice J. Howard, and a brother, Dalton Howard.

Surviving are his wife, the former Elizabeth Fudge Jordan; two daughters, Wendy Black and husband, Kevin, and Beverly Parrish and husband, Jeff, all of Rock Hill; a stepson, Brad Jordan and wife, Renea, of Edgemoor; a stepdaughter, Jackie Davis and husband, Russell, of Donalds, S.C.; two sisters, Barbara Stutts of Charlotte and Betty Evans of Mint Hill; three grandchildren, Mishelle Gossett and Geoffrey and Brandon Parrish; five stepgrandchildren, Cara and Hannah Davis, SaraBeth, Jack and Grace Jordan.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home.

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Howard will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Neely's Creek A.R.P. Church with the Revs. Bill Fleming and Danny Hieber officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Western Carolina Chapter, 37 Villa Road #109, Greenville, SC 29615 or Storm Eye Institute, 167 Ashley Avenue, P.O. Box 250676, Charleston, SC 29425.

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Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home and Cremation Center is serving the family.