Kenneth Lee Howard

Kenneth Lee Howard

September 22, 2023, 84, La Grange –

December 30, 1938 – September 22, 2023

Kenneth Lee Howard passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, September 22, 2023. He was born in Lenoir County to the late Finnie Howard and Sadie Mae Howard on December 30, 1938.

Kenneth was born on a farm and learned a strong work ethic right from the beginning. He continued to work hard all of his life and found his way back to the farm. He served in the United States Army, the 3rd Armored Division. After his service, he worked as a robot welder operator. He always had several jobs going, never one to sit idle.

Kenneth loved to ride motorcycles and spent more than 50 years riding as much as he possibly could. His Honda Goldwing was his favorite. He also had a love for fast cars, especially his Corvette. He rode most of the country, simply enjoying the views. He was a man who lived on his own terms and found much joy in life.

Kenneth is survived by his grandchildren, Daron Gray and Deanna Gray; and his sisters, Alice Jean Dowdle and Elaine Hill. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Dudley Howard; daughter, Sonia Renee Howard; sisters, Mavis Rouse and Sadie “Darlene” Cox; and brother, Charles Linwood Howard.

The family would like to say a special thank you to his caregivers, Pamela Howard, Rhonda Teachey, Sara Bass, and Cheryl Rouse; as well as the staff of Gentiva Hospice for their compassionate care.

As requested by Kenneth, there will be no services held.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange, NC.