Rev. Eugene Howie, 92, of Hamburg, died Friday, December 11, 2020, at his residence. Rev. Howie was a native of Portland, a resident of Hamburg for the past 20 years and a former resident of Crossett and Patoka, Illinois. He graduated in 1946 from Portland High School, where he played football. Rev. Howie was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served in the Korean Conflict on the USS Ozbourn. He worked for the Colonial Bread Company before he surrendered to preach. Rev. Howie was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church and a Southern Baptist Pastor for 57 years, having pastored churches in Arkansas and Illinois. He had preached in every church in the Ashley County Baptist Association. He loved to counsel and mentor young pastors. It has been said that he would preach for a jar of pickles.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Margaret Hughes Howie in 1992; his parents, Clarence and Sally Hill Howie; five brothers, Mansel Howie, Clifton Howie, Burin Howie, Jimmy Howie and Bob Howie and a sister, Nadine Howie Lansdowne.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Don Dena Jackson Woods Howie of Hamburg; a son, David Howie and wife, Judy of Liberty, Missouri; a step-daughter, Anne Carpenter and husband, Bruce, of Crossett; two step-sons, Lamar Woods of Hamburg and Tommy Woods and wife, Karen, of San Antonio, Texas; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services are 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020, in Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Benjamin Carpenter officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Dennis Byrd, Earl McCrory, Robert Withers and James McDonald. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church, PO Box 311, Hamburg, AR 71646. There will be a memorial service held at a later date when the pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Visitation will be 1:45 – 2 p.m. Tuesday at the cemetery.
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