Harvey Emory Howard (Emory), 79, of Blacksburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday night, Jan. 27, 2022.
He is singing and dancing with his loving mother, Dorothy Howard, and his father, Harvey Howard. He was also preceded in death by his brother, David Howard, and a grandson Charles “Patrick” Underwood.
He leaves behind the mother of his children, Lois Howard; his daughters Angelia (Eddie) Underwood, Melissa Howard, Cindy (Duwayne) Smith-Janney, and Sharon (Jimmy) Brunner; his son and best friend; Dewayne Howard; his 11 grandchildren: Ricky (Emily) Howell, Matthew (Cary) Smith, Scottie Howell, Samantha (Seth) Underwood, Taylor (Trent) Gordon, Kimberly (Cody) McNeil, Morgan (Ben) Huber, Meredith Janney (Cody Brown), Braiden (Jessica) Underwood, Brooke and Madison Brunner; as well as his 18 great-grandchildren: Peyton, Colt, Ty, and Kyle Howell; Westen, Braelyn, and Forest Smith; Colby, Collin, Cohen, and Cambreigh Howell; Sawyer, Caroline and Jolee Gordon; Holden and Kason McNeil; and Crosby and Charleigh Huber; sisters Darlene Shafer and Carolyn (Donnie) Wingo, a brother, Delmer (Ellen) Howard; and his most beloved dog, Butterbean.
Emory worked at Yokohama for 31 years. After he retired he could always be found in his garage, at an auction, or at the race track with a chicken drumstick in his hands watching his son race.
He was a lover of all dogs, auctions, getting aces in Rummy, a cold bottle of Coke, racing, watching television (on maximum volume), and yellow tomatoes.
The funeral service will be held at McCoy Funeral Home on Friday Feb. 4, 2022. The family will receive friends starting at 1 p.m. with the service to follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Peter Anderson will be officiating. Graveside service to follow at Westview Cemetery.