CANTON — Tilmon Moody Howard Jr., “Junior,” 83, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Tilmon Moody Sr. and Lena Mae McGee Howard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death his wife, Mary Kathryn Stamey Howard, who died in 2004; one brother, Mack Howard; and two sisters, Reva Waldroup and Juanita Burnette.
Junior, along with his brother, Mack, were the owner and operators of Howard’s Amoco on Pisgah Drive for more than 40 years, and he was a member of Long’s United Methodist Church. Along with his late wife, Kathryn, they established Hobo Junction Country Music Entertainment Club, in Canton. Junior and Kathryn organized the Pisgah Cloggers, where they performed regularly and traveled throughout the eastern United States. Junior created the band “Southern Express” in 1981, which played at most of the clogging team's performances.
He is survived by a number of loving nieces, nephews and one brother-in-law, Gene Stamey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Rennie Salata and Matt Pruett officiating. Burial will follow at Long’s Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express a special "thank you" to the staff of Silver Bluff Nursing Home and Pigeon Valley Rest Home.
Memorials may be made to Long’s Community Cemetery Fund, c/o Charlie Evans, 587 Evans Road, Canton, NC 28716.
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.