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James Wayne (Jim) Howard, 72

McMinnville resident and native James Wayne (Jim) Howard, 72, died Feb. 1 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A journeyman tool and die maker, an engineer and surgical technologist, he was a member of McMinnville First Baptist Church. He worked on the NASA Apollo space project with some of his craft placed on display in the Smithsonian Aerospace Institute in Washington D.C. He retired from Vanderbilt Hospital where he had been employed as a surgical technologist.
He had a wide variety of interests including traveling abroad, missions to Brazil, learning to play the cello, cross country motorcycle riding, swimming laps, and the half-ironman. He was a pilot and participated in numerous War Bird air shows and built experimental aircraft. He was a TSRA white water canoe instructor and worked in swift water rescue. He also loved his dogs and horses that he trained.
The son of the late Asa T. and Ola Mai Wilson Howard, he was preceded in death by infant son Brent Lindsey Howard.
He is survived by his wife, Janice McGiboney Howard; daughter and son-in-law, Peri and Woodrow Fowler of Savannah, Ga.; son, Derek W. Howard of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Kurtis Kesey of Murfreesboro and Kodi Kesey of McMinnville; great-grandchildren, Braylen and Lileigh; brothers and sister-in-law, Joe Lane Howard, Ronnie and Betty Howard, all of McMinnville; several nieces, nephews and cousins; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gail Askew, Barbara and Charles Reynolds, all of McMinnville.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with John May officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at High’s. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church library.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 3, 2013


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