Sam Howard, 65, of Old Fort, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at The McDowell Hospital. A native of McDowell County, Sam was born April 12, 1948 and was a son of the late William Pink Howard and Maggie Lockman Howard. A loving husband and father, he will also be remembered as a true friend to all who knew him. Always willing to help someone in need, Sam was a generous man. He could fix just about anything and really enjoyed carpentry and working on cars. He was a good man and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol Ledford Howard, of the home; two sons, Dewayne “Chief” Howard of Old Fort and Gary D. Howard of Marion; one sister, Mary Miller and husband Charles of Marion; two grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Irma Bradley and her husband James of Cherokee, and Mary Betty Ledford of Cherokee; three brothers-in-law, Virgil Ledford and Carson Ledford, both of Cherokee, and Junior Ledford of Windsor; and special friends, Mr. & Mrs. Otis Keaton and Troy Silver.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Old Fort with Minister T. J. Madden officiating.