Marvin “Bug” Howard Jr. – June 27, 2014

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Archived Obituaries | 6 comments

Marvin “Bug” Howard Jr., 73, of Riceville, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2014, at his home.

He was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, and was preceded in death by his father, Marvin “Whitey” Howard Sr.; and two sisters, Shirley Lipps and Ailene Young. He was a member of Athens Church of Christ.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Joyce K. Howard of Riceville; one daughter, April H. McKenzie of Etowah; one son and daughter-in-law, Marvin Justin and Kristina Howard – USAF – stationed in Alaska; three grandchildren, Austin McKenzie, and Brayden and Alayna Howard; his mother, June Moore Howard of Athens; four sisters and brother-in-law, Imogene Cox of Riceville, Pat Dennis of Cleveland, Frances Hickman of Cleveland, and Karen and Perry Randel of Athens; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Special thanks to Dr. William Bowers and Amedisys Hospice of Athens.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Minister Travis Irwin officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial Dept., 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at

Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of Marvin “Bug” Howard Jr.


  1. Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…

  2. With our sincere sympathy to your family.

    David & Becky Leamon

  3. We are sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Marvin will be missed.

  4. We are so sorry for the loss of Bug’s. Mom and Dad wanted me to write to you because they don’t have internet. They say he will be missed and they love you

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. April, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I am continuing to remember you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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