OBITUARY: Thomas Ray Howard, 79, dies Sept. 16, 2013

Thomas “Tommy” Ray Howard went to be with the Lord on Sept. 16, 2013. Tommy was born Nov. 25, 1933, in Conroe, Texas, to Archie Thomas and Virgie Inez (Strickland) Howard.

He was born in a small house on Delta Saw Mill Co. property, where both his father and grandfather were employed. After the death of his father, Tommy lived with his paternal grandparents, Frank and Addie Howard, spending his childhood years in the East Texas sawmill country and always returning to Cut and Shoot, Texas.

After high school, Tommy enlisted in the Army in 1951. When rumors told of a possible deployment to Korea, he sent a train ticket to his hometown sweetheart, Janie Ruth Nelson.  Tommy and Janie were married at Fort Belvoir, Va., on March 19, 1954. After a weekend “honeymoon,” Janie returned to Conroe to finish high school. Tommy was never deployed.

While in the Army, Tommy was trained as an air traffic-control operator. At the end of his enlistment, he went to work at the San Antonio International Airport, where he was emloyed for 35 years and earned multiple commendations.

Tommy loved to create things using wood and was an excellent carpenter. He loved music, teaching himself to play guitar and harmonica. He loved the outdoors and traveling.

Most of all, he loved his sweet wife of 59 years, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tommy is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Janie Howard; children, Scott Howard and Kathy and Tina Jones and Mike; and mother, Inez Palmer. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Bo Jones and Sarah, Colt Jones and Kali, Dee Ann Kelly and Rob, Ammie Ballinger and Tracy Yanchak and Mike; his great-grandchildren, Justin Elliot, Gabriella Mendez, Marie Yanchak, Abigail Jones, Luke Jones, Wyatt Jones, Emerson Jones, Jack Klingman, Riley Klingman, Tyler Kelly and Emma Kelly; and two great-great-granddaughters, Presley and Paisley Elliot. He also is survived by his sisters, Barbara Forbes, Winnifred Weisinger and Bill and Mary McLean.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Laura Agnor of Texas Hospice and Megan Clark of Visiting Angels.

A memorial service is 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at United Methodist Church of Burnet.

Arrangements by Edgar Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444. Go to to express condolences.