BRADLEY VERNON HOWELL - Born Nov. 12, 1962, in Poplar Bluff, MO., to Vernon and Donna HOWELL. Being the first child of Vernon and Donna and the first grandchild on both sides of the family, he was the darling of his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and as he grew older, he acquired several honorary grandmas, including Barbara YEARWOOD, Lois BARKLEY and Sophia LESLIE. When he was only three years old, he began spending many weekends with his Grandpa Harry at the cabin on the river. He learned to fish, and later, to run the motorboat. I don’t know who was more proud of this, Brad or Grandpa Harry. One of Brad’s happiest summers was when Cousin Paul came to stay for a week while his parents went on vacation. Aunt Margie, being from the city, was horrified when he came to pick Paul up, to discover her city son in overalls. However, she soon decided that the country life was O.K. In school, Brad developed a love for baseball, starting with Little League and going on to high school, where his team won a district championship for the first time in many years. Brad also played basketball, but his love for baseball continued after graduation, and he played softball with the local team for several years. Uncle Chester taught Brad his welding skills, and he was employed as a welder for several years and later as a truck driver. He was married to Dana GRAY in 1996, accepting her two children, Sarah and Ethan, as his own and bringing great joy to Ma and Pa and Aunt Jenni. Brad began his life as a loving child and a caring, giving young adult. Somewhere along the way, he became lost, despite all the support from his family and friends, including two very special friends, Mike KILE and Robbie DOUGLAS. He punished his body with alcohol until it could take no more. Brad left this life Feb. 20, 2005. He leaves to mourn his parents, sister and brother-in-law; Jenni and Steven CONNER; his step- children, Sara and Ethan DAILEY, aunt Sharon and uncle Tom REX; uncle Gary and aunt Bev HOLLIS; aunt Carolyn HOWELL; grandpa Otto and grandma Lilli FOUST; several great uncles and aunts; numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, uncle Chester HOWELL and an infant brother. Our hope is that his family and friends will soon be able to look back and remember the happier times, to let go of the bad and pray that God will take him in his arms and give him the comfort for which he was looking. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Otto FOUST officiating under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home.