Manson E. Howard Jr., age71, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 in Brown County. He was a resident of Brown County.
Manson was born on January 11, 1944 in North Carolina to the late Manson E. and Viola (Glenn) Howard Sr. He served as a Private First Class with the 2nd Battalion of the 50th Infantry 2nd Armored Division of the United States Army. He married Diana F. (Sizemore) Howard on August 21, 1966 in Crow's Nest, near Indianapolis. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2015, after 48 devoted years of marriage.
Manson retired in 2008 from Wilkerson Sawmill in Brown County after 41 years of service. Prior to that, he was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 103, in Indianapolis. Manson was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Morgantown and was a former member of the Masonic Lodge. He was one of the founders of Babe Ruth Baseball in Brown County, where he helped coach and umpire. Manson also coached, umpired and refereed softball, baseball and bantam league football in Brown County for over 35 years. He enjoyed the outdoors by fishing, playing golf and using his talents with his chain saw to make log railroad train sets. He also enjoyed playing bingo and cornhole.
Manson is survived by his children, David (Samantha) Howard of Trafalgar, Viola (Brian) Sheckles of Prince's Lakes, Dottie (Randy) McCray of Shelbyville, Dean (Ella) Howard and DeWayne (Holly) Howard both of Prince's Lakes; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Dustin, Katisha, Jordan, and Logan Howard, Amber, Brian, and Lillee Sheckles, Diana, Randi, and Clayton McCray, Casey, Lena and Nicole Howard, Eric, James, Xander, Torren and Cassandra Howard; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Alfred Howard, Mae Price and Liz Ledford all of Tennessee.
Manson was preceded in death by siblings, Salmer Price, Bud Howard and Gilford Howard; grandson: Thomas Evans; and great-granddaughter Haylie Cloud.
The Bro. Mac Smith will conduct a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6th at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Brown County Memorial Park in Nashville with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Manson to the Brown County Parks & Recreation Dept. PO Box 299, Nashville, IN 47448.
Condolences may be made to the Howard family at www.meredith-clark.com . Info. 812-597-4670