June 12, 1955 - September 11, 2017
James Carter Howard, age 62, died on September 11, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. He had survived (and thrived) with carcinoid cancer for the past 18 years. James was born on June 12, 1955, in San Angelo, Texas, to Hoyt Dickey (H.D.) and Dorothy Carter Howard. He graduated from Central High School in San Angelo. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Angelo State University and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
After college, James began his career at ARCO Oil & Gas in Dallas in 1978. He later worked in accounting and finance in the telecommunications industry for MCI/WorldCom/Verizon. He retired in 2014.
James met Marcia Currie while working at ARCO. They were married in 1990 and enjoyed their 27+ years of married life together. James was a kind and loving husband. James was passionate about college football and, oddly enough, became a Texas A&M fan despite his UT education. He deeply loved each of his German Shepherd dogs and took them for countless walks and car rides. He was a book lover and enjoyed adding to his collection regularly.
James invested in people wherever he went. His friendships dating from elementary school through college were important to him throughout his life. In the workplace, James made lasting friendships with co-workers. He cherished relationships with fellow members of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and enjoyed serving as a greeter on Sunday mornings. He dearly loved his neighbors and considered his neighborhood a sacred space. James, along with his dog, was a common sight in the neighborhood as he traversed the streets, talked with friends and watched out for neighbors. His presence created a sense of community among residents. He will be missed by so many.
James is survived by his wife, Marcia Howard; sister, Susan (Gregory) Denzer; two nephews: Jordan (Christine) Denzer of Richardson, TX, and Blake (Rachelle) Denzer of The Colony, TX; and one grand-nephew, Jack. James leaves behind sister-in-law, Kathleen Johnson; brother-in-law, Randall Currie; nephew Scott (Leia) Johnson and family; and niece Katie Johnson. He is also survived by beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
A service in celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230; Faith & Grief Ministries, Inc., www.faithandgrief.org; or SPCA of Texas, spca.org.
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