James Lee Howard

August 12, 1939 ~ June 20, 2018 (age 78)

JAMES "JIMMY" LEE HOWARD, age 78 of Decatur, passed away, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Starr Regional Medical Center-Athens. He was a native of Meigs County, Tenn., resident of McMinn County, Tenn. a son of the late Robert Franklin  and Edna Inez O'Daniel Howard.  He was retired from Shaw Industries and a member of Idlewild Baptist Church. 

Preceded in death by

  • Sister: Shirley Richesin.


  • Wife of 56 years: Elizabeth Jean Clark Howard of Decatur, Tenn.
  • Daughter and son-in-law: Jeannia Howard and Eric Bell of Athens, Tenn.
  • Three Grandchildren: Jessica Bell, Tyler Thearp and Andrew Thearp and wife Rachel
  • Great Grandchildren: Joshua and Brian Thearp
  • Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will 7:00 P.M. Saturday, June 23, 2018 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Van Elkins officiating.

Interment will be 1:30 P.M. Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Idlewild Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Brent Jones, Gary Swafford, Darrell Swafford, Andrew Thearp, and Tyler Thearp.

The family  will receive friends from 5-7 Saturday in the funeral home.

Those unable to attend may send condolences at

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements.

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