Mrs. Hortie Virginia Murray Howard, 81 of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Born in Surrency, GA on June 18, 1938, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life. Mrs. Howard was a homemaker but had also been a seamstress at the former Julie Hat and Rueben Brothers Shoe Factory. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and putting together jigsaw puzzles, doing all kinds of crafts, watching birds, cooking, sewing, and flowers/gardening. Mrs. Howard was a member of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and will be dearly missed by them all.
She was a daughter of the late James Steven & Pearlie Mae Thornton Murray. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius Howard; and three brothers, Frank Murray, Carroll Murray, and Joe Murray.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Hendry & Shelly Howard, Eric & Sharon Howard, and Craig & Tina Howard all of Blackshear; two sisters, Velma (Kenneth) Cason of Offerman and Minnie Cade of Blackshear; three brothers, Willard Murray of West Palm Beach, FL, Orvil & Donna Murray of Offerman, and Claude & Linda Murray of Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Winifred Murray of Waycross; 7 grandchildren, Amanda (David) Fuentes, Wesley (Kayla) Howard, KellyAnn Howard, Jackson Howard, Caleb Howard, Elizabeth Howard, and Eli Howard; 5 great grandchildren, Kelsey Fuentes, Lucas Fuentes, Miranda Kay Howard, Ethan Fuentes, and Marlee Kate Howard; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services for Mrs. Howard will be held Friday morning, June 21, 2019, at 11 o’clock from the Ben James Primitive Baptist Church.
Interment will be in the Ben James Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.