Hoyt Malcom Howard, 90, of Morgan County, died April 25, 2016. He was born in Walton County to Alma and Horace Howard on August 31, 1925, and was a life resident of Morgan County. He was married to Norma Ruth Broach for more than 60 years before she preceded him in death. He loved his family and is survived by their two sons and spouses, Ken and Mona Howard, and Warren and Bobbi Howard, all of Morgan County. Also surviving Mr. Howard are their six grandchildren and spouses, Jason and Heidi Howard, Megan and Jeb Morris, Kelly and Jamey Sears, Emily and Sam Watson, Marilynn and Chris Hopkins, and Morgan Howard. Included also are two step-grandchildren, Traci Pitts, and Justin and Mindy Anderson. Eleven great-grandchildren include Jake, Melanie, and Wyatt Howard, Leyton and Kaden Morris, Karity Sears, Lily and Lucy Watson, Banks and Luke Hopkins, and Braedyn Thompson. Step great- grandchildren include Dylan Pitts and Maggie Anderson.
After the passing of his wife, Norma, Mr. Howard married Betty Jean Sidwell Armistead of Monticello and he was loved by her children Ron Armistead, Martha and Dave Artessa, Lynn and Barney Hester, and Carol Ann and Terry McMichael. This family includes nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Family was important to Mr. Howard and he was blessed with five siblings, the late Ray Howard and Billie, John Howard and Anne, Jimmy Howard and Dianne, Charlotte Carson and Henry, and Betty Cassidy and late husband Cliff. He will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Howard was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, serving the congregation as a Deacon or Deacon Emeritus for more than 50 years. Located in the Pacific during World War II, he proudly served his country with military service in the United States Navy. Upon returning to Morgan County, he and his wife were successful agriculturists. They established Kewanoho Dairy Farm and operated the dairy for almost 50 years. Their sons joined in the family business that later expanded to include Newborn Fertilizer Co. and Broughton Plantation.
During his lifetime Mr. Howard was active in his community and served on the Board of Directors of Bank of Mansfield, Board of Directors of Newborn Heritage Trust, and was an active member of Georgia Milk Producers, and Atlanta Dairies Inc.
A.E. Carter Funeral Home, Madison, was in charge of funeral arrangements and a memorial service was held at Shiloh Baptist Church near Newborn at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 with burial to follow. Visitors will be received by family at A.E. Carter Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at Shiloh Baptist Church for an hour before the memorial service.
Mr. Howard was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was loved by many and influenced many lives while here for us to cherish. The family requests flowers, or donations to the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 9595 Hwy. 142, Newborn, Ga.