Hortie Virginia Murray Howard, 81 of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup.

Born in Surrency, June 18, 1938, she had lived in Pierce County most of her life. She was a homemaker but had also been a seamstress at the former Julie Hat and Rueben Brothers Shoe Factory. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and putting together jigsaw puzzles, doing all kinds of crafts, watching birds, cooking, sewing, and flowers/gardening. She was a member of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed by them all. 

She was a daughter of the late James Steven and Pearlie Mae Thornton Murray.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius Howard and three brothers, Frank Murray, Carroll Murray, and Joe Murray.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Hendry and Shelly Howard, Eric and Sharon Howard, and Craig and Tina Howard, all of Blackshear; two sisters, Velma (Kenneth) Cason, Offerman and Minnie Cade, Blackshear; three brothers, Willard Murray, West Palm Beach, FL, Orvil and Donna Murray, Offerman and Claude and Linda Murray, Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Winifred Murray, Waycross; seven grandchildren, Amanda (David) Fuentes, Wesley (Kayla) Howard, KellyAnn Howard, Jackson Howard, Caleb Howard, Elizabeth Howard and Eli Howard; five great-grandchildren, Kelsey Fuentes, Lucas Fuentes, Miranda Kay Howard, Ethan Fuentes and Marlee Kate Howard and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the funeral home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, from the Ben James Primitive Baptist Church.

Interment will be in the Ben James Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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