Stephen Ray Howard

Candles-candles-517642_768_1024-150x150Stephen Ray Howard, 60, resident of Dickinson, Texas for 34 years, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016.  He was born August 8, 1955, in Snyder, Texas to parents, Lawrence Elsworth and Kattie Lucille Howard.  He retired after 39 years with AT&T.  Steve enjoyed spending time with his family and dogs, loved playing golf and watching sports, especially UH Cougar athletics.  He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Charles Ronald French, Troy Dale French, Jerry Lawrence Howard and Andrew Davis Howard.  Steve is survived by his wife, Judy Howard, his daughter, Rachel Howard, his son, Daniel Howard, one sister, Diane White and husband Larry, two brothers, Roger Mark Howard and Donald Max Howard, as well as nieces, nephews, and their families.  In his honor there will be a memorial service held at Crowder Funeral Home Chapel, Dickinson, Texas on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.


  1. I am very sorry for your lose. I remember Steve as a young boy. We used to play a lot of baseball, football, and go craw fishing. He was a great joy. I know he will be missed. I pray for the family.

    Bill French
  2. Judy, Rachel and Daniel,

    We can shed tears that he is gone.
    Or we can smile because he has lived.
    We can close our eyes and pray that he’ll come back.
    Or we can open our eyes and see all he’s left.
    Our hearts can be empty because we can’t see him.
    Or can be full of memories we shared.
    We can turn our backs on tomorrow and live in yesterdays.
    Or we can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    We can remember him and only that he’s gone.
    Or we can cherish his memory and live on.
    We can cry and close our minds, be empty and turn our backs,
    Or we can do what he’d want.
    Smile, and open our eyes, love and go on.
    Gone but not forgotten.

    Steve was a great friend to me. Someone I knew to be a devoted father, husband and a kind, gentle soul. I will miss him and always remember him with fond memories… Gone too soon, but may he rest in peace.

    Steve Denby
  3. Judy, Rachel, Daniel & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our family will always remember Steve. He love life and his family was so important to him. We have some great family memories together, like softball games, camping and get just hanging out.

    Sandy, Jonathan & Diana Denby

    Sandy Denby
  4. My condolences for you and your family at this time. My he rest in peace.

    Carol Phares
  5. Steve was one of a kind. I’ve sure missed working with him since he left the phone company. We were two old TIRKS people, 1000 miles apart, raging away on conference call after conference call about the latest insanities. Most often we were on the same side and I took great comfort in that! Smart man, good man, and boy, could he battle with the best of them! He will be missed and he will be remembered! My deepest sympathies to all his loved ones.

    Cristi McGill

    Cristi McGill
  6. Steve and I stayed in touch after he retired. I’m sure going to miss touching base with him occasionally, so we could trash talk over sports, mostly football and baseball. I was especially looking forward to the rest of this year with the Rangers and Astros. With Mr. Howard, you always knew exactly how he felt about something, LOL. He’ll be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


    Mathew Thornhill
    • Thank you Matt. Steve admired you and loved giving you crap about the Rangers. We are missing him so much and know he is feeling 100% better now.

      Judy Howard
  7. Our deepest condolences.

    Your neighbors,
    Bill and Alex Ryan

    Alex Ryan

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