Arnold Lee “Bud” Howe
Arnold Lee “Bud” Howe, 77, of 155 Community Dr, Goldsboro, NC, died March 16, 2013 at home. Born January 27, 1936 in Northfield, Mass., he was the son of the late Arthur Lorenzo and Hazel Field Howe.
Mr. Howe was preceded in death by his parents and his 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Howe; two sons: Andrew and Alison Howe of Rio Rancho, NM and Jeffrey and Kristina Howe of Princeton, NC; three daughters: Becky and Charles Wiggs of Goldsboro, NC; Pam and Keith Hood of Clayton, NC; Sharon and Michael Callender of Shallotte, NC; eight grandchildren: Kristina and Joshua Daggs; Elizabeth and Jimmy Solanki; Stephen and Veronica Wiggs; Stephanie Callender; Austin Callender; Garrett, Grant and Gavin Howe; three great-grandchildren: Abriana and Tyler Velez, and Shreya Solanki. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and spiritual children and grandchildren to mourn his loss.
Mr. Howe grew up and attended school in Winchester, NH. He worked for a sand and gravel company before joining the Air Force at the age of 18. After 15 years of military service, he worked as a Safety Representative for the NC Industrial Safety Commission for 20 years, followed by another 20 years as a self-employed Safety and Health Consultant. Mr. Arnold, as he was affectionately called by his customers and Wal-Mart associates, worked as a greeter at the Rosewood Wal-Mart for the past 5 years, where he was well known and loved for his friendly, outgoing personality.
But Arnold was best known for being a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in July, 1969. For many years, Brother Howe served as an elder in the local congregation and enjoyed many special privileges of service through the years, including his hospital visitations and especially his prison ministry. He also enjoyed serving in the First Aid Department on Kingdom Hall building projects for 25 years.
Arnold was a loving and devoted husband, and an exemplary and supportive father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a warm and caring friend to everyone who knew him. He touched many, many lives and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.