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William J. ''Bill'' Howard Sr., 76, passed away Dec. 8, 2002, at Mary Immaculate Hospital. He was born in Winoka, Ga., and had been an area resident for 56 years having lived in Portsmouth for 21 years and spending the last 35 years in Newport News.

Mr. Howard Sr. was a member of the 508th ''B'' Co., 82nd Airborne during World War II and parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. Among numerous awards, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Bill retired from civil service at Fort Eustis in 1987 with 27 years of service. He was a member of the Gordon Lester Chapter No. 2, DAV, and the Local All Services Chapter of the 82nd Airborne at Fort Monroe.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary F. Howard; three sons, William J. Howard Jr., Gary A. Howard and John D. Howard, all of Newport News; two brothers, Allen Howard of Alma, Ga., and Bernie Howard of Douglas, Ga.; two sisters, Mary H. Spivey and Corrine Anderson, both of Douglas, Ga.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Weymouth Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. William Holloway at 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Chesapeake.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 401 Lucas Creek Road, Newport News, VA 23602.

(The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA, 10 Dec 2002, Page B9 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

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