Ronald Rayford Howard

November 12, 1955May 10, 2019

Ronald Rayford Howard, of Lucedale, Mississippi, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. He was 63 years young. Mr. Howard was a carpenter for many years. He was a loving father and friend. Mr. Howard is survived by his daughter, Brandy (Christopher) Jones; brothers Jack Howard, Samuel Howard, and Louie Howard; sisters Exzina Davison, Debbie Mcleod, Judy Owens, and Romania Tanner; special aunt Bootsie Cooley; cousins that are more like sisters Theresa Thompson, Glenda Salyer, Barbara May, and Karen Welch; grandchildren Andrew D., Sara Corn, and Christopher Jones, Jr. He is preceded in death by mothers Lillie Mae Hogan and Sarah Howard; father James Howard, brother Johnny Howard; sisters Phyllis Robertson, Carolyn Dearing, and Paulette Ropper; cousins Janice Bexley and Gene Cooley. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Radney Funeral Home-Mobile, 3155 Dauphin Street. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. from the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Interment will follow services at Tanner Family Cemetery in Lucedale, Mississippi. Serving as pallbearers are Joe Dearing, James Dearing, Johnny Dearing, Ashton Howell, Christopher Jones, and Caleb Boxx. Honorary pallbearers are Louie Howard and Samuel Howard. He will always be loved and missed. Fly free Daddy!


  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019


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Scott Watkins

May 16, 2019

I worked with Ronnie many years at Coastal Builders Inc. Ronnie as we referred to him as Oppie Hawk was a truly hardworking guy. I have many fond memories on many projects. Ronnie took to smoking a cigar at some point and it gave him great amusement to fill the truck cab with smoke. Kinda like the Chechen and Chong movie Up in Smoke. I know he will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Oppie Hawk.