Howe PD arrests Plano man for drug trafficking and weapons charges

HOWE, Texas – An early Sunday morning traffic stop on U.S. Highway 75 in Howe landed a Plano man in the Grayson County Jail on a variety of drug trafficking and weapons charges.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., November 11, Corporal David Morris stopped a vehicle for traveling through Howe at speeds in excess of 100 mph. During his interview with Alexandro Hornaday, 23, Corporal Morris saw marihuana inside Hornaday’s vehicle.

Corporal Morris’ search of the vehicle uncovered four ounces of marihuana in individual baggies packaged for sale, 45 cartridges of liquid THC, a loaded semi-automatic pistol, and nearly $1,000. Hornady was booked into the Grayson County Jail for delivery of marihuana, delivery of a controlled substance, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Hornady’s arrest comes three days after two Arkansas men were arrested in Howe for Ecstasy and marihuana trafficking charges, and four days after Howe officers, working with investigators from a neighboring agency foiled a drug deal in the Dollar General store parking lot.

Nicholas Nelson, 38, of Plano, was arrested Wednesday, November 7, at 5:15 p.m., when he was taken into custody at the Dollar General store where he was attempting to sell several grams of methamphetamine. Officers also recovered Oxycotin pills and $350.

On November 8, an evening rush hour traffic stop resulted in the seizure of Ecstasy, more than three ounces of marihuana packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia, and $3,600. Prince Freeman, 20, and Edwin Colon-Figueroa, 20, both of Fort Smith, Arkansas, were arrested and are facing charges for delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of marihuana.

Howe Enterprise again nominated for Hugh Aynesworth Award

Monte Walker of the Howe Enterprise with Hugh Aynesworth after winning the 2017 award for weekly news publications.

Dallas, TX, Oct. 31, 2018 – The Press Club of Dallas has selected 27 finalists in 16 categories for the second annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism.

The competition was open to Texas reporters, columnists, editors, photographers and videographers from throughout the state of Texas for work done in the calendar year 2017.

“We increased the number of categories this year, and we’re excited by the response,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom said. Entries came from journalists and their news organizations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and smaller communities, such as Howe, a North Texas town with a population of about 2,600.

“The judges wrote some really complimentary comments about the finalists,” Wahlstrom said. “Our judges are well-known journalists from the East Coast and have not been involved in Texas journalism, so their deliberations were based on what they read and saw, not who they knew.” The awards dinner and ceremony will be held Dec. 1, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, beginning at 5 pm. and is open to the public. It will be hosted by John McCaa, longtime news anchor at WFAA TV. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

The Howe Enterprise was a finalist and eventual winner of the first-time award in 2017 for weekly newspapers.  The story entitled, “EF-1 Tornado; EF-5 Community” won the award for the 55-year-old publication.  This year’s nominated story was entitled, “Two Howe ladies blessed to survive weekend in Vegas.”

The competition is named for Hugh Aynesworth, an award-winning reporter and editor, whose first-hand recounting of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy resulted in his best-selling book, November 22, 1963: Witness to History. A long-time Press Club member and past president, Aynesworth is the author of several investigative books and is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

 
Finalists in 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism
 
Daily Newspapers – Feature Writing
Speaking up for Kara
Reporter, Naomi Martin, Dallas Morning News, March 26, 2017
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What Kind of Father
Reporter, Frank l. Christlieb, Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2017
 
 
Daily Newspapers – Investigative Reporting
What happened to Tony Timpa?
Reporter, Cary Aspinall, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 20, 2017
 
 
Daily Newspapers – Sports Feature Reporting
 
The Faith He Carries
Reporter, Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 27, 2017
 
 
Weekly Newspapers – Feature Reporting
Two Howe Ladies Blessed to Survive Las Vegas Weekend
Reporter, Monte Walker, Howe Enterprise, Oct. 9, 2017
 
Television – Investigative Reporting
Pricey Perks
Lori Brown, Vicki Chen, KDFW Channel 4, April 10, 2017
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Criminal Caretakers
Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith WFAA Channel 8, Nov. 16, 2017
 
 
Television – Feature Reporting
Antique Collector Finds Soldier’s Letters, Including One from Truman
Reporter, Courtney Friedman KSAT TV  2, May 29, 2017
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Love and Loss: Kenny Goss Remembers George Michael
Reporter, Brian Curtis, KXAS TV Channel 5, Feb. 27, 2017
 
 
Television – Spot News Reporting  
Singing and praise. Then gunfire.
Couple shares story of surviving Texas church shooting
Reporter, Patty Santos, KSAT TV 2, Nov. 6, 2017
 
 
Radio – Spot News Reporting
In A Houston Emergency Room, It Was A Week Like No Other
Reporter, Rachel Osier Lyndley, KERA, Sept. 2, 2017
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Vignettes from A Disaster: Galveston After Harvey
Reporter, David Brown, Texas Standard (Texas Public Radio), Aug. 31, 2017
 
 
Radio – Investigative Reporting
One Crisis Away/No Place to Go
Reporters, Courtney Collins and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, KERA
April 27, 2017
 
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High Levels of Lead in San Antonio Neighborhoods
The Texas Standard, Public Radio, San Antonio
Reporter, David Martin Davies, July 16- July 19, 2017:
 
 
Radio – Feature Reporting
Building Houston’s Super School
Reporter, Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media, Nov. 8, 2017
 
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The Changing Face of Schools
Reporters, Bill Zeeble and Stella M. Chavez, KERA, March 8, 2017
 
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The Effort to Bring Back Vinyl Records
Reporter, Hady Mawajdeh, Art and Seek, KERA, Fenb. 16, 2017
 
 
Radio – Criticism
Art & Seek, reviews and commentary,
Jerome Weeks, KERA, Aug. 16, Sep. 14 and Oct. 25, 2017
 
 
Magazine – Feature reporting
The Day The Fire Came
Reporter, Skip Hollandsworth, Texas Monthly, July, 2017
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The Leadership of Wilshire Baptist Church
Reporter, Keri Mitchell, The Advocate, Nov. 28, 2017 
 
 
 
Magazine – Investigative reporting
Death From Above
Reporter, Christopher Collins, The Texas Observer , April 17, 2017
 
 
Digital – Investigative reporting
Lee Trull Accused of Misconduct
Reporters, Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Katy Lemieux, Mark Lowry, Theater Jones
Dec. 5, 2017,
 
 
 
Digital – Editorial opinion
 
 And Now the Hard Part of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins
Bethany Erickson, education, consumer affairs, and public policy columnist, Candy’s Dirt, Oct. 1, 2017
 
 
Digital – Criticism
 
 Outside the Lines – Water Tower Theater Hit the Wall
Mark Lowry, Aug. 8, 2017, Theater Jones
 
  
Public Service
 
Dallas Examiner 
 
Monday Night Politics
Molly Belt, Publisher and Editor, Monday Night Politics, March 16, March 30, 2017 (and throughout the calendar year)
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Dallas Morning News
Overlooked – As women go to jail in record numbers, who’s watching out for their kids? No one.
Cary Aspinwall, Women in Jail, June 27, 2017, Dec. 3, 2017
 
Candy’s Dirt
 
Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear But You Can Help
Bethany Erickson, columnist, Aug. 23, 2017 – Dallas ISD’s Needs Won’t Disappear,

Carol Crites, 1945-2018

A graveside service for Carol Lee Webb Crites, 73, of Denison, who passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Friendship Cemetery in Sherman. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 12:00 until 2:00 PM at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. Pastor Steve Rice from First Baptist Church in Sherman will officiate.

Carol was born in Bonham, Texas on May 18, 1945 to Jack and Merl Turner. She was raised in Sherman and attended Sherman Schools, graduating from Sherman High in 1963. She was a member of East Sherman Baptist Church. She met and married Von Roy Webb and they lived in Sherman until his passing in 1991. She met and married Bob Crites on October 4, 1997 and lived many places including Sherman, Tucson, and Roy, Utah, while Bob was employed by TI/Ratheon. Bob and Carol were very active in the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star in every place they lived. Carol was past president of the Social Order of the Beauceant in Denison, and a past member of the Carpenters Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #183, among several other lodges. She was passionate about her family and she loved “old movies”. Her 6 grandkids were her “little angels”. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, brother, Bill Turner, son in law, Casey McClain, and granddaughter Elizabeth McClain. She is survived by 4 children: Becky McClain, Richard Crites and wife Carol, Jon Crites and wife Valerie, and Steven Crites and wife Jennifer; 5 grandchildren: Matthew Fortney, Alex Fortney and wife Cynthia, Caleb McClain, Charles Crites, and Timothy Crites; sister in law Billie Turner, brother Larry Turner and wife Sharon, sister Nancy Turner.

You may sign the online guestbook at www.Dannelfuneralhome.com.

 

Howe at Van Alstyne 2018 – Silver Spike 56

The game will be broadcast in the box below.

Howe’s overall record is 385-354-24.  Season 75, Game 764

Howe will be wearing this decal on their helmets tonight in honor of the late L.B. Kirby, a hometown hero who was the most decorated living veteran in Texas.

District 5-3A Standings

School Name *W-L *Pct. *PF *PA W-L Pct. PF PA Strk
Van Alstyne 4-0 1.000 172 53 5-3 0.625 270 187 5 W
Bonham 4-0 1.000 220 161 7-1 0.875 398 264 7 W
Pottsboro 3-2 0.600 169 111 5-4 0.556 264 198 1 W
Lone Oak 2-2 0.500 140 158 5-4 0.556 312 331 1 L
Commerce 1-3 0.250 94 146 1-7 0.125 128 257 1 W
Rains 1-3 0.250 101 149 3-4 0.429 148 201 2 L
Howe 0-5 0.000 59 177 3-6 0.333 158 263 6 L

Van Alstyne holds the advantage in the series, 36-17-2.  The series began in 1941 (click the dates for the game articles – mostly Sherman Democrat)

10/24/1941 7 at Van Alstyne 31
11/5/1942 6 at Van Alstyne 7
9/29/1944 0 at Van Alstyne 25
9/21/1945 13 Van Alstyne 0
11/2/1946 26 at Van Alstyne 0
10/31/1947 0 at Van Alstyne 7
10/21/1948 0 at Van Alstyne 48
9/8/1961 0 at Van Alstyne 14
9/7/1962 12 Van Alstyne 30
9/6/1963 0 at Van Alstyne 36
10/9/1964 2 Van Alstyne 40
10/8/1965 6 at Van Alstyne 45
10/2/1970 33 Van Alstyne 20
10/1/1971 8 at Van Alstyne 7
10/20/1972 12 Van Alstyne 40
10/19/1973 0 at Van Alstyne 19
10/18/1974 0 at Van Alstyne 0
10/17/1975 6 Van Alstyne 22
10/22/1976 2 Van Alstyne 26
10/21/1977 22 at Van Alstyne 21
10/13/1978 28 Van Alstyne 12
10/12/1979 40 at Van Alstyne 0
10/31/1980 23 at Van Alstyne 7
10/30/1981 12 Van Alstyne 20
10/29/1982 21 at Van Alstyne 21
10/28/1983 21 Van Alstyne 27
11/9/1984 6 Van Alstyne 15
11/8/1985 35 at Van Alstyne 0
9/12/1986 19 Van Alstyne 22
9/11/1987 21 at Van Alstyne 6
10/28/1988 19 Van Alstyne 6
11/3/1989 35 at Van Alstyne 13
9/14/1990 6 at Van Alstyne 12
9/13/1991 3 Van Alstyne 13
11/15/1991 8 Van Alstyne – Bi-District 30
9/4/1992 20 Van Alstyne 71
9/3/1993 0 at Van Alstyne 23
11/4/1994 19 at Van Alstyne 13
11/10/1995 7 Van Alstyne 6
10/11/1996 0 at Van Alstyne 35
10/10/1997 14 Van Alstyne 26
10/9/1998 41 Van Alstyne 13
10/14/1999 27 at Van Alstyne 17
10/20/2000 14 at Van Alstyne 10
10/19/2001 0 Van Alstyne 33
9/13/2002 7 at Van Alstyne 28
9/12/2003 7 Van Alstyne 32
9/10/2004 2 at Van Alstyne 42
9/9/2005 20 Van Alstyne 21
9/12/2008 6 at Van Alstyne 48
9/11/2009 6 Van Alstyne 35
11/2/2012 15 at Van Alstyne 42
11/1/2013 7 Van Alstyne 31
10/14/2016 36 at Van Alstyne 39
10/20/2017 27 Van Alstyne 53
Battle of the Silver Spike Records 
Most points scored by Howe 41 10/9/1998 at Howe (41-13)
Most points scored by Van Alstyne 71 9/4/1992 at Howe (71-20)
Most combined points in a game 91 9/4/1992 71-20 Van Alstyne
Howe Wins 17
Van Alstyne Wins 36
Total Ties 2
Total shutouts by Howe 5
Total shutouts by Van Alstyne 10
Last shutout by Howe 11/8/1985 at Van Alstyne (35-0)
Last shutout by Van Alstyne 10/19/2001 at Howe (33-0)
Most overall points scored by Howe 727
Most overall points scored by Van Alstyne 1260
Most wins by a Howe head coach 4 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989 Jim Fryar
Most losses by a head coach 6 1964, 65, 72, 73, 74, 75 Norman Dickey
Consecutive wins by Howe 4 1977-1980
Consecutive wins by Van Alstyne 11 2001-current
Howe’s record at Bulldog Stadium 6-18-0
Howe’s record at Panther Stadium 11-17-0
Howe’s record at a Neutral site 0-1 (Bi-District) Clark Stadium, Plano, TX – 11/15/1991

 

Howe is 5-5 vs. Van Alstyne in November and have outscored the Panthers, 164-157 in November matchups.  Howe is 4-2 in November games played in Van Alstyne.

Series largest margin of victory for Howe = 40 in 1979 at Van Alstyne
Series largest margin of victory for Van Alstyne = 51 in 1992 at Howe

Most rushing yards by Howe vs. Van Alstyne (missing 1979 game):
406, 2016
360, 1985
359, 1986
324, 1989
303, 1998

Most rushing yards by Van Alstyne vs. Howe:
396, 2008
370, 1984
326, 2005
323, 1961
323, 1965

The first Silver Spike 

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1989 Full Game of the 32nd Silver Spike at Van Alstyne

1990 Full Game of the 33rd Silver SPike at Van Alsytne

1991 Full Game of 34th Silver Spike at Bulldog Stadium in Howe

1998 Full Game of 42nd Silver Spike at Bulldog Stadium

The Silver Spike trophy was the brainchild back in 2001 by sports writer Jeff Wood of the Van Alstyne Leader and Howe graduate Monte Walker. The winner of the Howe and Van Alstyne football rivalry receives a silver railroad spike, mounted on a three-foot trophy to keep in their trophy case for an entire year. Howe has yet to have it since its creation. The tall and heavy trophy features the silver spike which symbolizes the growth that the Houston and Texas Central railway brought to both towns in the early years of their existence. Not soon after the towns were formed, they started playing football against each other. But those early years prior to 1920 formation of the UIL do not formally count and Howe didn’t even field a UIL sanctioned team until 1935.

Howe first played Van Alstyne on October 24, 1941 which the Panthers won, 31-7. The Spike was created before the 2001 season and that was the year Van Alstyne started the current 11-game winning streak over Howe. It also happened to be the same time that Van Alstyne outgrew Howe in enrollment numbers due to the Georgetown edition in their community. Before the current winning streak, Van Alstyne led the series, 25-17-2 but now have double the amount of Howe’s wins thanks to the recent stretch. Howe’s longest winning streak versus the Panthers was four games from 1977-1980. When the trophy was originated in 2001, then Van Alstyne Head Coach Randy Matthews told the Van Alstyne Leader, “Because of the closeness of the two towns and what this rivalry means to so many people, I hope everybody will be up for this game and prepared to play. When you have a game like this with so much emotion, there’s always big plays involved.”

The Spike was is akin to Sherman and Denison’s Battle of the Axe which Walker was a radio broadcaster for those games from 1994- 2003 and television broadcaster in 2008. “The community involvement and the electricity that comes with that Sherman Denison Battle of the Axe is so impressive and Howe and Van Alstyne had the same rivalry, but on a smaller scale. We were able to work with those in Van Alstyne back in 2001 to share cost of the trophy and make this something special. However, it won’t be truly special until it comes to Howe’s trophy case.” said Walker.

Bulldogs will honor L.B. Kirby with helmet decal for Silver Spike

The Howe Bulldogs will recognize and honor Howe’s military hero L.B. Kirby on Friday night by wearing decals on their helmets during the 56th Silver Spike game with Van Alstyne.  The decal will be a purple heart with the initials “LBK” inscribed inside the purple heart.  The decals are being produced and donated by local Howe citizen Amber Carter.

Services for Mr. Kirby will take place earlier Friday at 10:30 am at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne.

Mr. Kirby, a former Bulldog, was a Purple Heart recipient who became the most decorated living World War II veteran in Texas.  His awards include The Asiatic-Pacific Liberation Medal, Philippine Liberation medal, three overseas service bars, seven Bronze Stars, two Bronze Arrowheads and the Purple Heart.

Kirby is a 1943 graduate of Howe High School who entered the United States Army only two weeks after graduation. He was trained as a machine gunner under General Douglas MacArthur in the First Calvary Division of the United States Army. He was hit in the back by shrapnel from a Japanese rocket which landed him in a field hospital for three months. He later rejoined his unit to prepare for an invasion of Japan. Mr. Kirby was one of 25 men remaining from the original 250 of his unit when the Japanese surrendered on Aug. 25, 1945.

In 2013, the City of Howe named “L.B. Kirby Avenue” in his honor and later that year, he was honored at the Grayson County Commissioner’s Court where then-County Judge Drue Bynam read a proclamation honoring him as the most decorated living World War II veteran.

In 2015, the Howe Area Chamber of Commerce included Mr. Kirby into the Inaugural Class of the Howe Hall of Honor.

In addition to his heroism for his country, Mr. Kirby was a player for the Howe Bulldogs on the 1942 team that won a district championship without a head coach. Due to wartime, Howe did not hire a coach before the eighth season in school history and planned to not participate in a football schedule for that season. However, Mr. Kirby and fellow teammates petitioned Superintendent Charles R. Thompson to let them coach themselves. After careful counsel, the team was allowed to hold their own practices and eventually won the district championship serving as their own coach.

Howe Police Department is investigating a death at Bulldog Stadium property

****UPDATE****  1:20 PM, November 2, 2018

The deceased was Klaus Gabelgaard, 45, of McKinney. An autopsy was performed and the cause of death will be released once the medical examiner completes his report. There was no indication of foul play and Gabelgaard had no known ties to Howe.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

At approximately 1 pm, off-duty Howe Police Officer David Morris drove through the parking lot of Bulldog Stadium and discovered a deceased white middle-aged male inside a parked car near the baseball and softball area of the complex.

Grayson County Justice of the Peace Rita Noel was called to the site and has ordered an autopsy.  Howe Police Department and Howe ISD Police Department worked the scene as well as fire departments from Howe and Van Alstyne.  The investigation is on-going.

The victim’s identity is being withheld until next-of-kin can be notified.  The incident did not involve a Howe student, Howe staff, or Howe resident.

 

 

Howe’s L.B. Kirby, most decorated living World War II veteran in Texas, passes

L.B. Kirby, 93 years of age, passed away on Monday. Mr. Kirby is a war legend, a Texas legend, and a Howe treasure. He’s a hometown boy, who became the most decorated living World War II veteran in Texas. He held that position until Monday when his body finally gave up on him. Mr. Kirby’s awards include The Asiatic-Pacific Liberation Medal, Philippine Liberation medal, three overseas service bars, seven Bronze Stars, two Bronze Arrowheads and the Purple Heart.

Kirby is a 1943 graduate of Howe High School who entered the United States Army only two weeks after graduation. He was trained as a machine gunner under General Douglas MacArthur in the First Calvary Division of the United States Army. He was hit in the back by shrapnel from a Japanese rocket which landed him in a field hospital for three months. He later rejoined his unit to prepare for an invasion of Japan. Mr. Kirby was one of 25 men remaining from the original 250 of his unit when the Japanese surrendered on Aug. 25, 1945.

Two months and four days later, he was granted an honorable discharge from the Army the rank of corporal. He served two years and five months of which 23 months were served overseas in the Asiatic-Pacific operations.

Mr. Kirby never spoke about his honors. When his wife Dorothy became ill, she requested to see the Purple Heart. Before long, a request had been brought from Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison. It was only then that the family learned of his military honors.

Mr. Kirby was a plumber and a preacher. He pastored churches in Lubbock, Texas, and Durant, Oklahoma. He held positions for churches in financial trouble and required no pay to pastor their churches.

In 2013, the City of Howe named “L.B. Kirby Avenue” in his honor and later that year, he was honored at the Grayson County Commissioner’s Court where then-County Judge Drue Bynam read a proclamation honoring him as the most decorated living World War II veteran.

In 2015, the Howe Area Chamber of Commerce included Mr. Kirby into the Inaugural Class of the Howe Hall of Honor.

In addition to his heroism for his country, Mr. Kirby was a player for the Howe Bulldogs on the 1942 team that won a district championship without a head coach. Due to wartime, Howe did not hire a coach before the eighth season in school history and planned to not participate in a football schedule for that season. However, Mr. Kirby and fellow teammates petitioned Superintendent Charles R. Thompson to let them coach themselves. After careful counsel, the team was allowed to hold their own practices and eventually won the district championship serving as their own coach.

Services are being arranged by Scoggins Funeral Home.  Information will be updated here.

OBITUARY

Leslie Benton (L.B.) Kirby, Jr. passed away October 29, 2018 at 11:58 pm at the Clyde Cosper Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas. He was 93 years old. A service honoring him will be held at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at the Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

L.B. was born in Aubrey, Texas, on November 11, 1924 to the late L.B., Sr. and Lillie Kirby. He graduated from Howe High School in 1942. After graduation, he joined the army to serve his country in World War II, and became one of Texas’ most highly decorated soldiers. When he returned home, he married Dorothy Faye Hanna in Celina, Tx. on November 27, 1945. L.B. worked at Hardwick Etter Cotton and Texas Power & Light in Sherman, but most importantly, he became an ordained preacher and pastored several churches in Oklahoma and Texas.

L.B. is survived by his brother, Jerry Kirby and wife Venita of Howe; sister, Bettie Gouard of Howe; nephews, Danny Gouard and wife Linda of Howe; Terry Kirby and wife Elaine of Howe; niece, De-Ann Mozingo and husband Trent of Howe; as well as 5 great-nephews, Cody Gouard, Clayton Gouard, Dylan Kirby, Russell Mozingo and Randall Mozingo; 3 great nieces, Alexa Brunner, Rachel Mozingo and Crystal Gregory.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; and their 3 children, Leslie Benton, III; Dorothy Faye, and Jerry Lewis.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, scottishritehospital.org.