SANFORD — Robert Warren “Bob” Howington Sr., 87, died Sunday (04/04/21) at Moore Regional Hospital after a short illness.

Bob was born March 6, 1934, to William and Erma Howington in Wake County. He served in the military for 21 years and spent 13 months as a medic in Vietnam where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Medic Award and a Purple Heart.

Retired from the U.S. Army, he earned his licensed practical nurse accreditation and continued his nursing career at Southern Wake Hospital in Fuquay-Varina. He later “retired” to become a gentleman farmer, golfer, woodworker and fisherman in Sanford.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and a sister.

He is survived by Zelda, his beloved wife of 44 years, of Sanford, and his sister Phyllis Hobgood (Milton) of Cary. He is also survived by his children, Bobby (Gail), Mike, Rick (Michelle), Tommy, Patty Scepurek (Dan), and Robin Johnson (David); stepchildren, Susan Trent (Steve Ferrara), Janet Trent (Dargan Moore), Chip Trent (Valerie Patras), and Scott Trent (Kathie Cheng); 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Bob received an honorary life membership at Pocket Church in Sanford where his memorial service is 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Donations can be made to Pocket Church, 669 Pocket Church Road, Sanford, NC, 27330; or Euphronia Presbyterian Church, 169 Euphronia Church Road, Sanford, NC, 27330.

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