Jan. 9 Obituaries
A family rejoices because he is in the loving arms of the Master Crafter and his treasured bride. Just as he lived, Howard Joe Harrington, 92, passed with dignity and grace in his Lubbock home on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
First and foremost, Howard was a man of faith and a devoted family man. He put his wife of 71 years, Carolyn, before all else but his Lord. It is no secret that since her passing in August 2018, he wanted nothing more than to see her again. Their unwavering romance is one for the books and leaves a legacy of love for a large, humbled family.
Howard will also be remembered as a loyal friend, talented craftsman, gun enthusiast, ace marksman, conservationist and outdoorsman, community servant and leader and horseman. He loved the beauty in the world that man did not create — the warmth of the sun on his face on a cold West Texas day, the sound of a quail calling for its mate and the vivid colors of the sky at the beginning and end of each day.
Howard was born in Snyder on May 26, 1926 to Joseph MacDonald and Florence Iris Crowder Harrington. He grew up in Lamesa, where his father was the local optometrist.
Joining the war efforts in 1944, Howard served in the Pacific in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-29 waist-gunner. Returning stateside a decorated sharpshooter, Howard married his sweetheart, Carolyn Cheatham, of Ballinger, on April 5, 1947 and moved to Lamesa.
They moved their growing family back to Snyder in 1954, where he owned Medical Arts Laboratory and X-Ray. Howard and Carolyn were lifetime members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Howard is a recognized 50-plus year member of Lions Club. He proudly served the organization in many capacities, including district governor for District 2T2 for 1978-79.
The couple moved to Lubbock in 2014. They made their home at Heartland House, an assisted living facility. The family is forever grateful to the Heartland House staff members and medical professionals who have been so gracious and loving to all of us these last years.
Howard was preceded in death by wife, Carolyn, one son, Joe Charles Harrington, one daughter-in-law, Debbie Buchanan Harrington, and one brother, Bill Harrington.
He is survived by his son, Dell Harrington of Pflugerville; two daughters, Jane Ann Lambert and her husband, Jeff, of Conroe and Beth Harrington of Monahans; and one daughter-in-law, Dixie Gragson Harrington of Lubbock. Howard is also survived by his grandchildren, Jana Harrington Hall and her husband, Rick, of Orange Grove, Mark Harrington, and his wife, Amanda, of Miles, Seth Harrington and his wife, Kristi, of Dallas, Holly Babb, and her husband, James of Rockwall, Amber Parker of Dallas, Chase Harrington and Justin Parker, both of Austin, Amy Lambert, Brandell Lambert and Jillian Lambert, all of Conroe, Caryn Lambert Monk and her husband, Chris, of Houston, Whitney Harrington McClendon and her husband, Mark, of Lubbock and Lia Harrington of Monahans. Howard is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Benjamin Thompson Harrington and J. Austin Hall, Charley Jo, Reese and Smith Harrington, Avery and Owen Babb, Elise and Lily Stacener, Devyn and Dylan Lambert, Owen Monk and Evy, Ellie and Emmi McClendon.
Funeral service for Mr. Harrington will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Snyder. The service will be under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held following the service.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; Texas Lions Camp, 4100 San Antonio Hwy., Kerrville, TX 78028; or Trinity United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be posted at www.bellcypertseale.com.
Andres Sosa, 75, of Colorado City, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 in Lubbock.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.