Howard, James Carter

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June 12, 1955 - September 11, 2017

Howard, James Carter

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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John Robertson

September 26, 2017 10:55PM

So very sad to hear about James. I always greatly enjoyed his company and quick wit. I'll miss you James. You made a difference for all of us.


Barb Erhart

September 18, 2017 3:19PM

James was such a wonderful, caring man. It's hard to imagine not seeing him doing the VIP patrol with his trusty companion in the back seat. His smile was contagious and he always had such a positive outlook, even as it was evident his health was declining. I will miss our talks. He was the true definition of a neighbor & friend. I"m very sorry for your loss and will miss him dearly.


Al Currie

September 18, 2017 12:08PM

I'm glad we made time for lunch at Norma's this summer. Had been too long in between. Catching up on our experiences, June Currie reunion.


Scott Yancey

September 17, 2017 4:11PM

Sadly, I had not seen James in a long time.
James and I were born on the same day and in the same hospital in San Angelo. For some reason(I haven't located the picture yet) we were a feature article I believe on the front page of the local newspaper. Maybe Susan might know why.
We grew up together in elementary, junior high and college.
Although we ran in different circles, once James and I crossed paths, we were happy and the sports talk show was on.
Seeing James picture and his smile reminded me of him being a kind and gentle soul. To me he was a really cool guy.
May the family seek God's will for peace and serenity through this time.


Deborah Johnson

September 17, 2017 1:47PM

I was saddened to hear about James's death. You are in my prayers during this time of sorrow.


Scott Yancey

September 17, 2017 8:15AM

Regretfully, I had not seen James for a long time. I knew James from day one of our lives. We were born in the same hospital on the same day in San Angelo. I believe we(along with some other mothers and their babies) made the front page of the local newspaper. We went to elementary, junior high and college together. I remember we seemed so happy to see each other when our paths crossed. Our conversations definitely always turn into sports talk.
The obituary picture and that smile reminded me of how caring and kind James always was. James to me was just a really cool guy to be around.
Rest In Peace my friend.


David and Mirian Hessler

September 16, 2017 5:24PM

My wife and I were so saddened to hear of James passing. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Marcia and the rest of the family. We were so fortunate to have gotten to know James through his nephew Blake. May your family find peace in this difficult time.


Jan Massey

September 16, 2017 1:42PM

I am sad beyond words. Ron & I want to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
I first met James and his German Shepard, Max, while walking my Sheltie, Sadie. That was 18 years ago! We all became friends!
Walking in the neighborhood won't ever be the same. James will be missed so very much.


Ginger Dann

September 16, 2017 12:28PM

Very sad James passed away! Never knew he was ill, especially for so long. Praying Marcia for you and Cara during this difficult time.


Sharon Wallingford Hendrix

September 16, 2017 11:29AM

I was informed of James's passing from another ARCO friend, Elaine Blaylock. I worked with James at ARCO too. I remember he was a kind soul and I always enjoyed our conversations even if we were suppose to be working. Though through the years our paths went different directions and we lost touch. I am glad our paths intertwined for a short time. God Bless you, James God be with you, Marcia


Terry & Jodi Denning

September 16, 2017 10:06AM

Marcia - we are so sorry you have lost your husband and best friend. We hope God brings you comfort and peace. You will be in our prayers.


Tom Williams

September 16, 2017 10:02AM

Farewell good friend. I'll miss our long talks regarding college football.


Cathey Lowe

September 15, 2017 5:57PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of James. He and I worked together at ARCO and I remember him as an easy-going man with lots of friends. He was dependable and never looked for recognition or accolades. But he was always willing to help. Condolences to Marcia, from Pat and I.


Sandra McVey Pettit

September 15, 2017 4:15PM

Been feeling pretty sad about this, full time. But I said "Aww" out loud when I just now saw his photo & it made me feel like I'll be seeing him anytime now; so thank you for that. Pretty difficult to put things into words Grateful to Marcia for enabling James to thrive, and to Louisa for a consistently stellar job at getting us together on a regular basis since 1978. James is and always will be a special part of my life.


Manfred Citzman

September 15, 2017 3:04PM

Dear Marcia,

I am deeply saddened by this news. It is a shock to me and my wife Editha. Now I understand why I have not seen James and Cara lately. They used to walk the neighborhood all the time and then it became more of a car ride together. May you find peace and understanding in your heart.


Patty McMurray

September 15, 2017 11:32AM

My thoughts and prayers are with James' family. I worked with James at Verizon and I always loved sharing dog stories with him. "To be absent from the body is to be home with the Lord". Rest In Peace James...


Bill Roberge

September 15, 2017 10:29AM

I had the pleasure of working with James at
MCI. May he Rest In Peace.


Karole Moyed

September 15, 2017 9:49AM

Dear Marcia,

Rich and I are saddened to hear of your loss of your husband James. I couldn't possibly begin to recount how many conversations I've had with this kind and gentle spirit over the 19 years I've lived in MPE. His loss will be felt greatly by all of us that had the opportunity to befriend this genteel man.


Dana Reed

September 15, 2017 8:45AM

James and John Robertson and Bob McDonald and I played golf regularly on Saturdays 'back in the day'. James just had that natural swing-I never won even once. He was a good guy and good friend.


Jeff & Lisa Lovell

September 15, 2017 8:44AM

Marcia- our prayers are with you at this time. James was a lovely man and we will always remember our chats with him out and driving around with Cara. He was a fixture on our walks and we always looked forward to seeing he and his copilot round the bend to stop and talk. I'm sorry for your loss and he will definitely be missed. He was the true meaning of community, friendship and neighborhood.


Art Hughes

September 14, 2017 9:55PM

Marcia, I am so sorry. I always loved conversations with James! I do recall that he once owned a Pontiac Fiero sports car that was somewhat less than reliable, and that he, Steve Phillips, and I LOVED the jalapeno chicken fried steak sandwiches from a sweaty, hole-in-the wall restaurant in eastern downtown Dallas, long since converted to some sort of Yuppie gourmet place.

More importantly, he was a true believer in American Conservatism, and in the mid 1980's he got me subscribed to Imprimus, the free semi-monthly newsletter of current Conservative essays published by Hillsdale College in Michigan. Then too, he got me subscribed to Accuracy In Media (AIM), the Conservative media watchdog! I pray that you have the strength to carry your grief in this time of sorrow.


Lynne Manilla

September 14, 2017 12:00PM

Marcia: I was so sorry to read of James's death via PHPC's notice of the service for next. What a shock and way to soon. I remember both of you fondly. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Lynne Manilla


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