Howard Ray Wilson, age 79, of Wickes, passed from this life on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Wickes, Arkansas. He was born Sunday, November 13, 1949 in South Polk County to Pete Robert Wilson and Juanita Crenshaw Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Wilson; and sister, Fayrene Wilson Feinglass.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kim Milam Wilson; two sons, Kevin Wilson of Cove, and Klinton Wilson of Wickes; one sister, Margie Herring of Wickes; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Howard made his living on the road, driving big rigs for over 50 years. Starting out at Lane Poultry, then Tyson, and finally Daryl Thomason Trucking. He loved what he did and was working right up until his final moments here. Howard was a big cut up and he loved to aggravate, especially Kim. It was his way of showing love, and it's what helped keep them together for 35 years. It's one of the many things she will miss most about him. He loved his family and was always big fun at get togethers and the holidays. He enjoyed sparing no expense to see the kids faces light up when opening their presents. It did his heart well to see their happiness. You could see he was as excited and happy as they were. They affectionately called him, "Santa Clause." Not only did he kind of look the part, but he played it accordingly. All kids loved Howard, he was adored by his nieces and nephews and it was obvious the feeling was mutual. They are missing "Uncle Howard" already. His passion was the outdoors and he loved and lived to fish, hunt and shoot, spending most of his free time in the woods, waiting out the perfect buck or hoping to call in a long beard gobbler. He spent countless nights at coon hunts, often placing very high with his prized coon dogs. Howard loved to spend time with his buddies at deer camp where he was known as "Coonhunter Wilson," or by the younger ones as "Howie." When he wasn't in the woods you could usually find him at some point during the day at the EZ Mart sipping coffee, shooting the bull with friends. He loved watching the Warriors play basketball and now the Cossatot River Eagles. Howard has so many friends they could never be covered here. But, some stood out as friends for a lifetime. Ronnie or Jerry Bug could probably tell you anything you needed to know about him, where you could find him, or what he might be doing that day. Probably share some stories with you about BBQ at deer camp, gun shows, turkey shoots, fishing and many, many other memories. Friendships like theirs are something to appreciate and cherish and only a few lucky people are able to experience that. Many, many people enjoyed a friendship with Howard, as he was always happy to aggravate and joke his way into your heart. That was his "thing." It was like his trademark. We will miss his face, with that white beard and hair, and that mischievous grin. We will miss his stories and his friendship. He was a big man with a big personality and his absence will leave a big, big hold in our hearts. Rest easy Howard, we'll catch you later.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.
5-24-22 1:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG