Howard Gly Cothren passed away January 4, 2017
Howard Gly Cothren, 85, U.S. Navy Retired and business owner, passed away on January 4, 2017, in Heber Springs, Arkansas. He was born March 16, 1931 in Stratford, Oklahoma to Ebb Cothren and Dorothy (Stark) Cothren and was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Walton "Buddy" Cothren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Freeda Cothren; daughter, Gail Brown of San Diego, California; sons, Howard Bruce Cothren (Dolores) of Tumbling Shoals, and Steven Cothren (Marlene) of San Diego, California. Also left to cherish the memory of their "Granddad" are grandchildren, Gabriel Brown (Kim), Joel Cothren (Anne), Jessica Brown (Jared), Jared Cothren (Larinna), Jacob Seybert (Monica), Sarah Cothren; and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Goldman Cothren, and sisters, Connie Lynn and Shelby Morton.
Howard, known to family and close friends as "Gly," attended Post Oak Baptist Church in his youth and was baptized in the Little Red River. He worked in his dad's country store and later at Heber Wholesale.
Gly joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, served the majority of his career in San Diego, California, and retired as Storekeeper-Master Chief Petty Officer (SKCM) after completion of 30 years of dedicated service, that included deployments during the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts and a 4 1/2 year assignment to Vina
del Mar, Chile while attached to the U.S. Embassy.
After retirement, he moved back to Heber Springs, Arkansas in 1988 and, during the last 29 years, owned and operated the Colonial Inn with his wife, Freeda, and was very busy acquiring and maintaining rental properties. His love for everything "military" led to years of service to the local VFW and American Legion.
Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, and funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 201 N. 4th Street, Heber Springs, AR, with Dr. J.R. DeBusk officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Shiloh Crossroads Ceremony.
Pallbearers will be Gabriel Brown, Joel Cothren, Jared Cothren, Jacob Seybert, Terry Lynn and John Morton.
Honorary Pallbearers are Woody Cothren, Van Cothren and Jamie Morton.