DEXTER - Joseph W. "Joe" Howard, 59, died May 25, 2004, at his home.
Born Nov. 3, 1944, in Essex, son of the late Charles Wesley and Octie Vandora May Howard, he lived in Dexter most of his life. During his service with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-70, he was a sergeant and served in Vietnam. A member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge, NAFC and NAHC, he was of the Baptist belief.
Survivors include: one brother, Walter N. Howard of Tucson, Ariz.; and one aunt, Malinda Marie Davis of Essex.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Mike Watkins of Dexter will officiate.
The Stoddard County Veterans Honor Team and Marines Flag Team will conduct graveside military rites at the Hagy Cemetery in Dexter.