Howard Ivin Stokes passed away on April 22, 2019

Funeral service for Howard Ivin Stokes, 95, of Nacogdoches, will be at 2:00PM Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, with Bro. John McGuire and Bro. Hal Rymel officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.  Mr. Stokes passed away on April 22, 2019 in Nacogdoches. He was born on January 28, 1924 in Garrison, Texas to the late Albert Stokes and Thelma Carroll Hill.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Garrison Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Howard was born and raised in Garrison, Texas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WW2.  He returned to his hometown and worked as a mechanic for many years.  He farmed throughout life.  Howard enjoyed gardening as his health permitted.  His favorite past times were those spent riding in various trail rides and picking his violin while playing in the country music band he was a member of.  He served many roles at Appleby Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church, while he was very active at each.  Those that knew Howard knew he was a kind, loving, gentle person.  He was that person that touched everyone he met in a special way.  Howard was a Master Mason for more than 55 years. 

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra McMichael; grandchildren, Debbie Hightower, Kenneth McKee, Howard McMichael, Edward McMichael, John McKee; numerous great grandchildren; sister, Linda Stokes; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends that will miss him dearly.

Howard is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Stokes; parents, Albert and Thelma Carroll Hill Stokes; daughter, Barbara Jane McKee; brothers, Charles Lynville Stokes, James Stokes; and sister, Dorine Garrett.

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