James Lobil Howard rode in his last rodeo on Sept. 23, 2019. Born May 27, 1955, known to family and friends as Jimmy, he lived life on his own terms. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Lori Howard, of 41 years, daughters, Mandi Howard and Courtney Kiser, son-in-law, Calvin Kiser, brothers Doug and David Howard, niece Eva Howard, nephews Chris and Lance Howard, and many cousins.
Jimmy was a loving grandfather to five grandchildren; Alec, Austin, Aiden, Bella, and Daisy. They were the light of his life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Eva Howard, grandmothers, Lucy Smith and Olga Howard, and grandfathers, Paul Smith and John Howard. After a successful 27-year career, Jimmy retired from AT&T in 2006. After retirement, he found a passion for golf and spent many days hitting the tees. He was an avid sports fan; he especially loved baseball, college football (Gig ‘Em!), and golf, and was a diehard fan of the Aggies and Houston Astros.
Jimmy enjoyed being outdoors; camping, fishing, and perfecting his award-winning barbecue, which was unmatched by all who tasted it. He embraced his Native American heritage and immersed himself in the culture. He found peace in listening to the music and collecting Native American artwork. With a quick wit and unique sense of humor, he could always illicit laughter.
He is greatly missed; will be in our hearts forever and watching over us always.