Cecil Maynard Howard, Sr., 75, went home peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2017. Cecil, son of the late Maynard T. Howard and Ethel W. Howard was born April 18, 1941, in Granville County. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years Rubie Dale Watkins Howard; daughters: Lounell (Kip) Stallings of Oxford, NC, Helen (Tim) Brummitt of Oxford, NC; sons, Zach (Emily) Howard of Raleigh, NC, and Cecil (Hope) Howard, Jr. of Henderson, NC; grandchildren: Brian and Lance Stallings, Ashton (William) Hobgood, Hope (Jacob) Seymour, Carson, Elizabeth, and Sydney Howard and Ava and Carly Howard; as well as great-grandchildren; Avery Hobgood and Kennedy Seymour. He is also survived by his sisters Nell Blackwell of Oxford, NC and Joyce (Corbett) Capps of Macon, NC and numerous extended family members.
Cecil graduated from Oak Hill School and attended East Carolina College before joining Carolina Telephone as a Yellow Page representative. He then joined the tobacco industry working as a sales representative with Liggett & Myers, National Tobacco Company, and retired from Swedish Match North America. Cecil loved the game of golf and played all his adult life. He was devoted to his family, always putting his family first. He was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017, at 3:00pm at Gentry Newell Vaughan Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the funeral home the day of the funeral at 1:00 pm and at other times at the home located at 210 Hunters Road, Oxford, NC.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Duke HomeCare & Hospice (earmarked for Hock Family Pavilion), 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham NC 27704 or Oxford United Methodist Church, 105 W McClanahan St, PO BOX 757, Oxford NC 27565. Gentry Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is serving the Howard family. 503 College St., Oxford, NC, 27565. (919)693-5191.