Betty Howard

Friday, June 28, 2019

Betty Lee (Tharp) Howard, resident of Berryville, Arkansas departed this life Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Berryville, at the age of 91. She was born July 13, 1927 in Green Forest, Arkansas to Auburn L and Ovah Jane (Shaw) Tharp.

Betty graduated from Green Forest High School in 1947. On December 15, 1951 she united in marriage with Joe Rex Howard. They were married 68 years at the time of her passing. Betty was a homemaker, helped Joe on the farm, and attended First Freewill Baptist Church in Berryville. She loved singing, playing the guitar and listening to music. She and Joe gave to their community through the Farmer Community Building and Cemetery.

Betty is survived by husband Joe Rex Howard; sister Janice Dailey of Laguna Niguel, California; nieces and nephews: David Howard and wife Belinda of Kingston, Arkansas; Janet (Howard) Braudrick and husband Dale of Springdale, Arkansas; Teresa (Howard) Wood and husband Scott of Lowell, Arkansas; Hubert “Todd” Howard and wife Cheryl of Berryville, Arkansas, Larry Teter and wife Elly of Green Forest, Arkansas; many great nieces and great nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Auburn and Ovah Jane Tharp, sister Raffaelita Cleopatra (Tharp) Teter, and brother William Rex Tharp.

Visitation was held Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 9:30 – 10:00 am at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville. Funeral services followed the visitation starting at 10 am with Brother Craig Villines officiating. Interment followed the service at the Farmer Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Farmer Cemetery and Community Center, PO Box 783, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at