Edmon E. Howard Sr., 91-year-old resident of Jacksonville, NC, passed away at 4:30 am on Tuesday March 17, 2020 at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, NC. He had been in failing health for some time.
Mr. Howard was born February 19, 1929 in Holly Ridge, NC, and except for a short period, lived the majority of his life in Onslow County. He had a lifetime love of the water, where he enjoyed fishing, and oystering in the boat he built by hand. He was one of seven children born to William Benjamin Howard and Nancy Jane Swinson, all of whom have preceded him in death. Raised on the farm in Stump Sound Township, Edmon grew up knowing the meaning of hard work. He worked at many different jobs including auto mechanic and meat cutter at the local grocery store. He even was a painter and carpenter on the military base for a while. In 1954 he started working for White Ice Milk company, which would later become Sealtest Milk. There he learned the trade (refrigeration) that would become his life’s work.
On March 29, 1953, Edmon married Clara B. Oehring in Horry County, SC, who survives of the home.
In May of 1959, he began his own refrigeration repair business, Howard’s Refrigeration Service. This he operated with his wife Clara along with their mobile home park Howard’s Rentals, both in Jacksonville, NC.
Edmon was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved being with his family.
Also surviving are four children; Edmon Jr. (Jane) of Pattonsburg, MO; Adella (Gary) of Cary, NC; Paul (Cathy) of Jacksonville,NC, and Michael (Donna) of Maysville, NC. There are six grandchildren; Julius Jones Jr., Timothy Jones (Tara), Kaitlin Hare (Adam), Benjamin Howard, Michael D. Howard and Kristen Nalle (Bradley); and 10 great-grandchildren Bryson Nalle, Riley Nalle, Cole Nalle, Julius Jones III, Emily Jones, Colton Hare, Damien Jones, Bella Holcomb, Skylar Mayberry, and Derick Mayberry.
A graveside service will be held at 3pm on Saturday March 21st at Onslow Memorial Park. Pastor Phillip Shepard will officiate.
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