William Howard Hoard departed this life Thursday, August 23rd after a lengthy illness.
Howard was the third of four children born to the union of the late William "Billy" Hoard and Gladys Christine "Chris" Hoard. He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and attended East Tennessee State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business. Howard was employed for many years by Mead Paper/Willamette Industries and most recently by the Upper East Tennessee Development Agency. A devoted father and husband, he was loved and respected by all who knew him. His gentle manner won the hearts of many people.
Howard was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Rev. William and Nellie Hoard; maternal grandparents Ernest and Dennie B. Ford; parents, William Harold Hoard and Gladys Christine Hoard; and sisters, Sandra Marie Hoard, and Diana Hogans.
To mourn his passing he leaves his wife of 28 years Pamela Hoard; three sons, Howard Drew, Justin Tyler and stepson Marcus Troy Leeper; sister, Patricia (Patty) Hoard; uncles, Roger Hoard of Lynchburg, Va; Phil (Linda Hoard) of Kingsport; aunts, Doretha (Carroll) Charles of Johnson City and Grace Setzer of Virginia Beach, Va; three grandchildren, Malik, Carter and Asia Rain; as well as a host of family of friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm Monday, August 27, 2018, at Central Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Church Hill Memorial Gardens Church Hill TN.