Carlton Bryan Howard of Amarillo passed from this life on December 26, 2020 at the age of 83.
He was born on August 21, 1937 in Wichita Falls, Texas to Burl and Elizabeth Earlene Lagrone Howard. Carlton was a proud Vernon Lion and graduated from Vernon High School in May of 1955. After graduation he attended Texas Tech and then moved to Pueblo, Colo. where he enrolled in Telegraphy school and began his lifelong career as a railroader.
Carlton began working with Southern Pacific in Copperas Cove and soon took a position with the Fort Worth & Denver Railway which eventually became Burlington Northern and later Burlington Northern/Santa Fe. He made several railroader friends through the years and continued to keep in contact with many of them until his death.
Forty-nine years ago Carlton married Wanda Lee Widener Davis November 6, 1971 in Memphis, Texas. They lived in Memphis, Abilene and Childress, finally making their home in Amarillo in 1979 where they resided until his passing.
Carlton had many hobbies and interests. He loved and excelled at carpentry work. In recent years, he became a self-taught computer tech serving many people in the area. He enjoyed reading westerns, fishing and hunting and bragging on his kids. He was a special PawPaw to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, always up for some babysitting and horseplay.
Carlton was a member of the Church of Christ, being baptized by his close friend and minister, Lawrence Ward of Texline, Texas in the early 1960s.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Rita Lingnau of Lockett.
Carlton is survived by his wife Wanda of the home; son Corey and his wife Rene’ of Wichita Falls, daughter Tedi Gil and her husband Joe of Buda and step-daughter Sheri Dixon and husband Jim of Memphis; his brother David Howard and wife Sally of Austin and brother-in-law Alvin Lingnau of Lockett; grandchildren Jeremy Smith and wife Christina of Austin, Cari Howard of Wichita Falls, Heather Saenz and husband Ronel of Canadian, Ashley Koepke and husband Brad of Wheeler, Danielle Tyler and husband Ryan of Albuquerque, N.M. and Andrew Burke of Wichita Falls; great grandchildren Landon, Sage and Isaac Saenz of Canadian and Braylee, Tylee, Adlee and Callee Koepke of Wheeler and Eleanor Jane Tyler of Albuquerque.
At this time, due to COVID restrictions, no services have been planned.
If you desire to make a memorial, the family suggests Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, Hollis, OK 73550-0553 or The American Heart Association
National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.