Thomas “Puddin” H. Howard

Published 8:39 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Thomas “Puddin” H. Howard


Lt. Col. (Ret.) Thomas “Puddin” H. Howard, of LaGrange, passed away on July 6, 2020. He was born in LaGrange, on June 9, 1930, to the late George Homer Howard and Lillie Mae Gill Howard. In addition to his parents, Thomas “Puddin” Howard was preceded in death by his four brothers and one sister. 

Thomas “Puddin” H. Howard graduated from LaGrange High School in 1949, where he lettered in football, basketball and swimming. He then earned a scholarship to play football at Auburn University and graduated from Auburn University in 1953. During his years at Auburn, Mr. Howard was a member of the football team, playing fullback. Following his years at Auburn, Mr. Howard was a life long member of Auburn Alumni Club and the Auburn Letterman’s Club. While attending Auburn University, Mr. Howard was a member of the ROTC and earned his “Wings.” In 1952, Mr. Howard married his childhood sweetheart, Alice Traylor. Mr. Howard served our country in the United States Air Force for 20 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and earning his retirement. He served as a pilot in the Vietnam War. Following his years in the military, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Thomas “Puddin” H. Howard continued to be of service to his country in the United States Postal Service. He eventually retired from the United States Postal Service after 23 years of service.

Mr. Howard is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alice Traylor Howard; his children, Alice Carol Howard, Tom W. Howard (Robbye), David B. Howard (Donna), and Amy E. Howard; his grandchildren, Sarah Alice Lashomb (Bryan), Sarah Lynn Allard (Chris), Jeremy Chambers (Katie), Wendy Lucio (Wesley Bass), Casey Hughes (Scott), Alix Howard, Madison Howard, and Sam Howard; his great grandchildren, Abby, Eli, A.J., Evan, Rylan, Gavin, Garrett, Madison, Nora. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

The family will receive friends at Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter-Allen-Myhand from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday July 10, 2020. The celebration of life service will be held at Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter-Allen-Myhand on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. 

The family is accepting flowers or it is suggested that donations be made to the charity of your choice that supports members of our armed forces and their families. Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter Allen Myhand, (706) 884-5626.