Bradley Vance Howard, 59, of Seneca won his battle with kidney cancer at 2:45 p.m. March 5, 2016, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin surrounded by his loving family. The good Lord called him home after courageously fighting the disease for almost 10 years.

Bradley Vance Howard, 59, of Seneca won his battle with kidney cancer at 2:45 p.m. March 5, 2016, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin surrounded by his loving family. The good Lord called him home after courageously fighting the disease for almost 10 years.
Brad was born Dec. 19, 1956, in Washington, Ind., to John Eldon Howard and Agnes Florene Sill Howard.
He graduated from Parkwood High School in 1974. He attended Franklin Tech and Crowder College.
Brad formerly worked for FedEx Ground and most recently worked for TAMKO Building Products at the Rangeline facility in Joplin. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Brad was a loving son, brother, husband, dad, “Papa” and a friend you could count on. He was a hard worker. Yes, he could be stubborn sometimes.
He had the ability to fix or build almost anything and liked to work on vehicles. He had a beautiful voice and loved singing specials in church. He enjoyed hunting, burning brush piles and brush hogging on the tractor with the dogs running alongside.
Brad married Nancy Marrs on April 14, 1978, in Seneca. She survives.
Additional survivors include daughters, Keri Howard, Kristi Bennett and husband Cody of Seneca; granddaughter, Kimber Alexis Bennett, who was the light of his life for the past 19 months; mother, Flo Howard; mother-in-law, Faye Marrs; brother, John H. Howard and wife Janie of Bentonville, Ark.; sisters, Charlene Sheets and husband Gary of Carthage, Beth Beckett and husband Biff of Sarcoxie, Burnelle Roser and husband Chris of West Shokan, N.Y.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  His four-legged friends, Bo, Ribbon, Levi and Katie, miss him dearly.
Father, Eldon Howard, and father-in-law, Bill Marrs, preceded Brad in death.
A Celebration of Life visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church, 12727 Bethel Road, Seneca. Please dress casual. Brad would prefer overalls. Please come and share a memory. There will be food available, per Brad’s request.
The family would like to thank everyone at Freeman East Outpatient Dialysis. You were a tremendous encouragement to Brad on his journey.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Freeman Dialysis Fund, Development Office, 931 E. 32nd St., Joplin, MO 64804 or contact Pat at (417) 347-8330 at Freeman East Outpatient Dialysis.
Arrangements are under the direction of Midland Cremation Society in Joplin.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7