Mr. Johnny Wayne “Big Wayne” Howard Sr.

Published 7:16 pm Friday, March 13, 2020

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Mr. Johnny Wayne “Big Wayne” Howard Sr. 71 of LaFayette, Alabama died Thursday March 12, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Howard was born in Chambers County, Alabama Feb. 22, 1949, to the late James M. Howard, Jr., and the late Minnie Louise Hamby Howard. Mr. Howard retired from the logging business after 55 years of service. He began logging with his father and later with his sons. He used Belgian horses to pull the logs out.

He was a hard worker and enjoyed being outdoors.  He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

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Funeral services will be held Sunday March 15, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Center Baptist Church with the Rev. Randall Hamer and the Rev. Mike Beck officiating, burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday at the church from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patsy Thomas Howard of LaFayette; five children, Darren (Melinda) Howard of Beulah, Wayne (Pam) Howard Jr.,  LaFayette, Renee (Doug) Williamson of LaFayette, Lisa (Robb) Hicks of Texas, John (Hope) Howard of Wadley; siblings, Shirley (Frank) Chappell of Opelika, Margaret (Calvin) Miller of LaFayette, Billy Howard of Carrollton, Georgia, Willie Frank (Pat)  Howard of Villa Rica, Georgia; sister-in-law, Judy Howard of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren Tyler, Dustin, and Grace Howard of Beulah, Rebecca and Gage Howard of LaFayette, Hunter, Zach Luke and Ben Hicks of Texas, Ethan and Joe Howard of Wadley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bobby Joe Howard.

Online condolences may be sent to

Jeff Jones Funeral Home, LaFayette