Russell Wayne Howard

January 5, 1963 - June 3, 2020
Russell Wayne Howard

Wayne Howard 57, lifetime residence of the Seagate Community, Wilmington passed away Wednesday June 3, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Hospital.

Wayne was born in New Hanover County on January 5, 1963 the son of the late Arthur Riley and Patrica Faye Batten Howard. He and his wife owned and operated Howard’s wholesale seafood & Howard’s towing. He was also preceded in death by a brother Danny Ray Howard.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years Judy Gore Howard; son Christopher Howard and wife Stephanie; daughter Kayla Howard; brother Arthur Lee Howard; mother-in-law Hazel Gore; two special aunts Bonnie Batson & Eloise Edwards; four grandchildren Nehemiah Vernon, Aaron Williamson, Fisher and Saylor Howard; one great-granddaughter Ryleigh Vernon; and many cousins survive.

The family will see friends Sunday June 7, 2020 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099

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  • June 04, 2020
    Raymond Pugh says:
    Wayne always helped me out anytime I fished in his area even though we competed against each other and I did the same when he was in my area. You couldn't ask for a nicer, helpful person. I will miss him.

  • June 05, 2020
    Dale Lovitt says:
    Wayne was a great guy, always willing to help with any project. He was a very hard worker and had a great personality, He will be missed by all of us at the car lot ! I was proud to call him my friend !

  • June 05, 2020
    Lisa Apollo says:
    Kayla, Your Dad was a good family man and loved you all so much. God Bless your family in this difficult time.

  • June 05, 2020
    Melissa Lovitt says:
    Rest easy Wayne. You were always so kind, generous and willing to help in any situation. Thank you for the beautiful she shed office you made me, all the great seafood events you invited us too and for all the fishing excursions with my husband. You will be truly missed. Praying for Judy and Chris and Kayla and all your family. ❤️

  • June 05, 2020
    Jane M. Gay lit a candle:
    Lit since June 5, 2020 at 6:15:03 PM