Aubrey Joe Howard, 76, of China died Tuesday, February 9, 2021. He was born on December 20, 1944, in Gilmer, Texas, to Adaline Jewel Howard and Aubrey Dee Howard. He had a beloved stepmother of 32 years, Lillian Howard.
Joe retired from Mobil Chemical in 2000. Through the years Joe went through several small business adventures (all while working his “money making” jobs) until he and Jerry found the most profitable, J&J Trailers, which they owned for 34yrs. They started the business in Beaumont and after 3 years of being in business, they moved it to China.
Joe and Jerry bought 21 acres in China in 1990 and he referred to it as “Howard Ranch.” He loved working outside on his tractor, tending to his chickens and building things for Jerry to paint. He loved the Lord and serving him. He was a member of First Baptist Church in China where he also served as a deacon which prompted him to also provide other duties, not only in the church but the community.
Joe leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Jerry Stansifer Howard. They had a profound love for each other like no other and had 3 wonderful children: Michele Howard Borel and husband, Scott; Aaron Joseph Howard and wife, Marie; and Michael Todd Howard. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren: Blake, Chase and Adam Borel; Boone Howard; Lyric Howard; Skylar Smith, Keene Wilson and Parke Wilson. Joe cherished the moments he spent with all of his family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles “Tony” Howard.
His cremation will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 68, China, Texas 77613.
Mr. Joe was a great man and one of the best men I have ever met. Always nice, always a gentleman and always a loving husband to his wife. May his family find peace and comfort that he has completed his journey and gained his wings. Love and miss you Mr. Joe.
Joe was always a special cousin, the oldest of the grandchildren He was sweet, kind and patient. He gave me a guitar and in one of his visits to Big Sandy tried to teach me to play it! I have many memories of times spent with him in Big Sandy and Beaumont. He will be missed.
Russell and Linda Edwards Tallahassee Florida
Jerry, Russell and I are praying for you. Although we know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, not having our loved one with us still hurts. We pray your feel our prayers and God's comfort.
Kenny & Helen Ford
Our condolences to the family. We had a lot of fond memories. Praying for Godâ€™s peace during this time of sorrow. Blessings! The Fordâ€™s
Joe, Uncle Joe as I had the privilege to call him, was one of the most kindest people that Iâ€™ve ever had the privilege of knowing. He was a beautiful soul and will be terribly missed.
Don & Syble Jeffcoat
Aaron and family, so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort. May you father rest in peace.
I remember meeting Joe - when yâ€™all had the fall party and the boys played music in the back yard. Fun times !!!! He and Jerry great host.
Claudia Berry Barras/ Mac and Clyde Berry's daughter
Jerry, I am so sorry to hear about Joe. . Mama and Daddy loved you little family so much I know they would want me to send regards for them. You and your sweet family will be in my prayers. Sending love from Maw and Paw Berry.
Jerry, We were so sorry to hear about Joe. He was such a gentle soul. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. May God comfort you in this difficult time. Prayers for you and your family. Dr. Smith and Mary
Monk and Helen Allen
Jerry I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family to have strength to get through this sad time. You may not remember me, I worked with your mom at Baptist hospital back in the 70s.
GREAT GUY WITH WHOM DOING BUSINESS WAS A PLEASURE; NEVER AN ORDEAL. I MISS HIM AND J&J..