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St Stephen Catholic Church Cemetery
Wednesday September 6th, 2017
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Mahala Hawkins Howington, Jr.

Mahala Hawkins Howington, Jr., known as Sonny/Junior Howington, passed September 3, 2017 at Sanford Health and Rehab. God took him in his sleep and he has arrived in heaven with many loved ones waiting on him. Oh what a celebration he is having now.


Funeral services will be held 2pm Wednesday at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Turner’s Chapel Church Cemetery.


Sonny was born on January 1, 1934 and was the only child to the late M. Hawkins Howington and Nancy Allen Howington. Sonny was married to his one and only love, Ruby Morrison Howington until her death.


He worked at Lee Brick in the Northview area for 46 years. Sonny loved to hunt, fish and watch the Braves play baseball.


He is survived by two sons, Johnny Mahala Howington (Brenda) and Jimmy Howington both of Sanford; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby, sons Leroy Gillis and Sammy Gillis.


The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00pm Wednesday prior to the funeral service.

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This is Randy and i loved you so much. My mom was Sarah Ann Dockler. I remember all the baseball games you would come watch me play at DEEP RIVER HIGH SCHOOL.
I will see all of you in heaven some day. Save me a spot. I can't wait to be with all of you again.
Jimmy/Johnny you both know how much we all loved Sonny.

RONALD DOCKLER Mar 7 2022 8:21 PM

God strengthens us by giving us the "power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36;7; 1 Peter 5;7) jw.org

Rachel Morton Sep 12 2017 12:00 AM

I'll always remember Sonny as my first school bus driver. We laughed many times of how my mom told him to keep a close watch on me, he and I never understood that because I had 4 older siblings riding the bus. Ruby was a dear friend of mine too. I will truly miss both but they are together again. Sympathy to his family for their loss.

Linda Campbell McDonald Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mahala Howington, Jr.

Linda Campbell McDonald Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mahala Howington, Jr.

Andy & Dorline (Rose) Nelson - Columbus, Georgia Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mahala Howington, Jr.

Cora Ashburn Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. John 5:28, 29 assures Jesus will restore life to those who has died. Revelation 21:3, 4 gives further assurance death will be swallowed up forever. This is a comforting thought knowing your loved one is in God's memory. Hope this brings comfort.

Ms Allison Sep 5 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mahala Howington, Jr.

Jonathan Morrow Sep 5 2017 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences during this difficult time. Prayers go out to the family .

Jonathan Morrow Sep 5 2017 12:00 AM

Mr. Jim and family,
Please know that I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Clint Sloan Sep 5 2017 12:00 AM

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