Obituary for Joseph Earl Howard of Vass

Joseph Earl Howard, age 76, of Vass, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at FirstHealth Hospice House, with his daughters by his side.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel from 2 until 4 Military Honors will follow.

Joseph was born in Duplin County, North Carolina on January 11, 1948 to the late John Wesley and Sarah Turner Howard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry Gail Pilgrim, brothers, Johnny Ray Howard and Spacey Howard.

Joseph proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a loving father, uncle, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed.

He leaves behind his daughters, Terri Howard of Sanford and Lynette Parks of Rockingham; grandchildren, Braxton Artis, Braylee Howard, Trey Parks, Aubrey Parks and Lilly Parks.

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The family has entrusted services to Cox Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory of Vass.

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