Jessie Mack Howard, 83, of Chico, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, in Decatur.
Graveside service was Jan. 3 at Hoggard-Reynolds Cemetery in Azle with Chad Geeslin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jessie was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Azle to Jesse William and Lucy (Roe) Howard. He married Joyce Nadine Curry Nov. 10, 1972, in Haslet and was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.
Jessie worked for Lockheed Martin and also farmed and worked in construction for several years.
He’s survived by his wife of 41 years, Joyce Howard of Chico; daughter Brenda Geeslin of Chico; sons Rick Geeslin and wife, Nancy, of Bowie, and Ron Geeslin and wife, Donna, of Chico; nephews David Murphree and wife, Faye, of Azle, Paul Murphree and wife, Judy, of Azle, Dwain Dent and wife, Diana, of Fort Worth and Ray Dent of Jack County; niece Patti Gallagher and husband, Robert, of Weatherford; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jessie was preceded in death by his parents; brother Fred Howard; and sisters Blanche E. (Howard) Dent and Della Mae (Howard) Murphree.