Obituary: Willie “Tooter” Martin Howard

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Willie “Tooter” Martin Howard, 84, of Cushman died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

She was born Aug. 23, 1935, in Guion, Arkansas to Sidney W. and Mary (Fulbright) Martin.

Willie was the Matriarch of her family and was a feisty woman with a heart of gold. She was a great cook and making cornbread was “her thing”. She enjoyed crafts, going to flea markets, and traveling the hillside in her golf cart. Willie enjoyed going to Mountain View and going to all of the activities of her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, Brent Howard (Melissa) of Mtn. View; two daughters, Paula Defries of Cushman, Becky Ransom (Rick) of Cushman; five grandchildren, Kaylee Howard, Kate McPherson, Chloe Sharp, Nicole Parks, Amber Bass; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Parks, Brianna Bass, and her nieces and nephews.

Willie is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Charles Howard; one grand-daughter, Bailey Howard; two brothers, Jack Martin and an infant brother; and two sisters, Sue Kimmer, and Ivaughn Sims.

Pallbearers are Rick Ransom, Joey Parks, Bill Bass, Brent Howard, Stephen Kimmer, and Paul Kimmer. Honorary pallbearers are Raymond Keller, Sam Hurley, Jack Hill, and Kenneth Clark.

Visitations will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at the Roller-Crouch Funeral Home. Graveside services will be immediately following the visitation, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Carl Blankenship officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

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