Howard Lee Dicus, 79, of Jonesboro, left this world peacefully on Dec. 19, 2020, at St. Bernard’s Hospital, following a brief illness.

He was born on May 24, 1941, to Oscar and Dica Dicus. He was married to the love of his life, Charlotte, for 50 wonderful years before her passing in 2016.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brothers, Tom, Billy, Lorin, Whit, Dean and Jim Dicus; sisters, Ruth Dicus, Lannie Mae Haller and Rose Gerdes.

He is survived by his daughters, Tracie (Kevin) Barksdale and Melanie (Ronald) Wheeless both of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Brandt (Adrienne) Barksdale of Jonesboro, Taylor Wheeless of Little Rock, Brandi Barksdale and Tyler Wheeless, both of Jonesboro; one great-granddaughter, “the apple of his eye,” Westynn Blaire Barksdale; and many nieces and nephews he deeply loved.

He was a retired manager of Thermogas and Amerigas. He was a longtime classic car buff and die-hard Razorback fan. WOO PIG!!! He loved watching and supporting his grandchildren in anything they did or accomplished, from racing, to softball, to dance, to football, and he was so deeply proud of each of them!

A drive-thru visitation was held at First Free Will Baptist Church in Jonesboro on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 from 4-7 p.m. Due to Howard being a longtime charter member of the Crowley’s Ridge Cruisers, an invitation was extended to classic car owner to “cruise” through the visitation and gather in the parking lot in his memory.

A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. at Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould with Mitchell Funeral Home in charge.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Miracle League, Food Bank of NEA, and Make A Wish in Howard’s memory.

An online guestbook is available at www.mitchell funeralhomes.com.

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