Robert B. Howerton Jr., 1928-2013

Chaplain (Col.) Robert B. Howerton Jr., USA, Retired, of Germantown, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 85 in San Antonio, Texas. 
He was born March 8, 1928, in Adona, Ark. He graduated from Greene County High School, Paragould, in 1945, Hendrix College, Conway, in 1951 and Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in 1954. He served his country proudly and retired in 1981 from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with 26 years of service. He received numerous medals, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam. 
Robert was also retired from Methodist Health Systems in Memphis, Tenn., and the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Robert served several churches in Arkansas, including Mountain Home and Cotter. He was the son of a United Methodist minister. Robert was a member of Germantown United Methodist Church for 34 years and the Gilbert Sunday School Class. 
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Robert B. Howerton and Myrtle Woodard Howerton; his wife, Gerry D. Howerton; two sons, Charles R. Howerton and Robert B. Howerton, III; and all of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by daughter, Mary Jane Howerton Carroll and her husband, Michael. Also surviving him are his extended family, grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
A Celebration of Life service was held at Germantown UMC on Jan. 25, 2014. A dual graveside service celebrating the lives of Robert and Geraldene Howerton (Geraldene passed away Nov. 28, 2013) was held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 31, 2014. Robert was buried with full military honors.  
The entire Howerton/Carroll family is forever grateful to the members of Germantown UMC, and Robert’s friends. Memorial contributions may be sent to Germantown UMC, 2331 South Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138, designated to the Senior Pastor Discretionary Fund.