Carey Arnold Howard was born November 23, 1962 in Pasadena, Texas to Don and Judy (Neeley) Howard. After a long battle with Sarcoidosis, he went to be with our Savior Jesus October 5th, 2023. He is now in a new body and enjoying being in the presence of our Lord.
He is preceded in death by his dad Don Howard and his grandparents.
Carey leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife of 31 years Janie (Smothers) Howard; his mom Judy (Neely) Howard; his daughter Jessica Percifull (Brad) of Jonesboro, AR; his son Randall Howard (Alexandria) of Ward, AR; his brother Joel Howard Jacksonville, AR; and his father and mother-in-law Eldon and Reba Smothers.
He also leaves behind five grandchildren Tyler Percifull of Conway, AR, Lucas and Jensen Percifull of Jonesboro, Jaxton and Laynie Howard of Ward, AR; his nephew Nick Howard (Paige) of Sherwood; great-nephews Kaiden, Noah, Luke; and great-niece Maelee. Along with his family, he will be missed by his church family, friends and colleagues.
He grew up in Texas, and moved to Maumelle, AR his senior year in high school where he quickly made many lifelong friends.
He started working when he was 10 delivering a local newspaper, and continued working his whole life. Among those jobs, he worked for Ben E. Keith with his dad. At work, he addressed his dad as “Mr. Howard”. He was once asked by a co-worker, “Why he did not call him dad at work?” He replied, “It’s out of respect. At work he is my boss, and at home he is my dad.” He went on to be a partner in a Sonic and work for Gwatney Chevrolet. But in 1996, he found the job he loved. He went to work for RFB Subways and later the company became Subway of Arkansas. There, he was quickly promoted to General Manager of Company Operations and was with Subway of Arkansas for 27 years.
He was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church for 12 years. During those years, he served his church and worked hard to help in several areas.
Along with Carey’s work, he loved being a son, husband, dad, grandfather, son in law, and a faithful friend. Yes, he loved his family and friends beyond measure. He was a rock and a hero. He never missed a chance to tell a funny joke or pull a funny prank. He enjoyed watching the Razorbacks and was a lifelong Cowboys fan. He will be sorely missed by all the knew him.
Carey’s arrangements are for this Saturday, October 14, 2023. Visitation is at 2:00pm with Memorial Service starting at 3:00pm at Faith Missionary Baptist Church; 301 Bill Foster Memorial Hwy E, Cabot, AR 72023
We are asking in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following: Faith Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, Faith Bible Institute Scholarship program handled through Faith Baptist Church, and Options Pregnancy Center
Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com