January 29, 2019

JASPER- Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church for Walter Grant Howrey, 75, Jasper, who died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Joplin. Terry Bowland, his brother-in-law and friend, will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory in Joplin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haitian Christian Outreach, or Rapha House,

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Cindy Howrey; daughters, Melissa Fulton and husband Lance, Jennifer Diggs and Mark Logan and Becky Liscombe and husband Todd; sisters, Colleen Wood and Linda Fiscus; a brother, David Howrey and wife Judy and grandchildren, Erin Fulton, Emily Diggs, Isaac Diggs, Kaylynn Liscombe, Audrey Diggs and Grant Liscombe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Beulah Howrey.

Mr. Howrey was born Nov. 8, 1943, in Lake City, Iowa, to Floyd and Beulah Howrey. He earned diplomas at Rockwell City High School, Ozark Bible College and Fort Hayes State University. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindy McCarty, on April 5, 1966, in Rockwell City, Iowa.

He shared his love of the gospel by ministering in many small towns throughout the midwest for 40 years.

A paraplegic for more than a decade, he didn’t let his disability stop him from tackling life. He willingly tilled any garden in exchange for a watermelon, chopped wood and kept a large garden, sweet talked the church ladies into homemade pies and made a habit of parking his wheelchair at Heavenly Daylight Donuts in Lamar. If he set his mind to something, he would do it – whether he should or not. He would bring home anything if the “price was right” and thought grounding prongs were for sissies.