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On January 3, 2022, Howard B., 84, of Dexter, NM, after life’s journey here, entered into eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A celebration of Howard’s life is scheduled for Saturday, February 5 at 9:00 a.m. at Grace Community Church in Roswell, NM.
Howard was born in Terre Haute, to Ora and Maxine Williams. After graduating from Garfield High School, he pursued his desire to serve his country by enlisting in the Navy. On June 16, he was appointed Storekeeper Third Class aboard the US Navy heavy cruiser USS Helena (CA-75).
While stationed in Long Beach, California, Howard met his future wife, Loretta May Kennedy. He then married the love of his life in March 1958.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Howard worked for a time in California. Do construction work and learn the drywall trade. While in California, Howard and Loretta’s first child, a son was born, Rocky.
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A move to Roswell, NM furthered his knowledge of drywall application under the mentorship of his brother-in-law, Bill “Snuffy” Williams. Second child of Howard and Loretta, a daughter was born – Robin.
Howard moved his family back to Indiana to care for his family. There he drove tankers, worked on the construction of high-rise buildings. He also worked for Terre Haute Béton, where he was responsible for removing hardened concrete residue with a jackhammer inside the rotating drums of concrete mixers. Howard and Loretta’s third child, a daughter was born – Kimberley Jo.
In 1978 Howard brought his family back to NM permanently and built a house for the family in Dexter. Once again he worked in construction with “Snuffy” Williams. Howard had been employed by Bill and Shirley Young of Young’s Paint Place and Elwell Construction Co. During this time, Howard grew a beard, which gave him a striking resemblance to a former president. He was arrested several times and told, “Do you know you look like Abe Lincoln? Thus, he became well known in the city and in the construction world as Abe. Howard and Loretta decided to start their own business, working side by side and specializing in drywall and texture work. Yes indeed, it was called Abe’s Construction Co.
Wearing a black top hat and vest, with a picture of the 16th president in his hand, he visited the elementary school depicting Abraham Lincoln on President’s Day. Howard discussed with the children how President Lincoln became well educated by reading at his chosen home and encouraged the children to study and do well in class.
Howard enjoyed teaching his trade and had the opportunity at ENM University to teach construction trades classes in the evenings for Youth Challenge.
Howard had an intense joy for the Western way of life. From reading L’Amour de Loudly novels (all of them) to black and white westerns on television. He was eager to participate in the collection of cattle for markings.
Howard was a role model for his children. He taught them first and foremost the love of Jesus. No matter what time before bedtime, Howard could be heard praying for his children by name, his family and his church. Howard was kind and loving, but firm when needed, a man of integrity.
Above all, Howard was a man of faith, who loved and served Jesus Christ. He was a deacon of Sugar Creek Baptist Church in West Terre Haute Indiana. Briefly attended Grace Community Church in Roswell, NM and served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for Midway Baptist Church in Dexter, NM until his death.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Loretta. His children, son Rocky and wife Stacy Williams of Bedford, TX, daughter Robin and husband Alan Theobald of Roswell, NM and daughter Kim Mitchell of Clayton, NM. Grandchildren, Jordan, Jon and Elizabeth Williams, Jamie Theobald Hamon, Tate, Jake and Kaylee Mitchell. Great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Kaislee and Kyler Hamon. Sisters Delores Ugo and Rosemary Hancock of Indiana.
He also leaves to mourn many nieces and nephews. With friends who loved him very much.
Arrangements were made by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, NM. Midway Baptist Church Youth Camp Fund and the Parkinson’s Foundation. All donations in honor of Howard Williams.