Chubby Howard is remembered as a steel guitar hall of fame, legendary radio host


He started the first steel guitar club in the United States in the 1950s, appearing on country music television programs in the 1950s and 1960s, and performing seven USO tours in Japan, Korea, Newfoundland, Greenland and Alaska, including entertainment icons Roy Acuff and Bob Hope. .

Throughout the 1970s he toured the country with Steve Lake and The Swingmasters, supporting artists such as Connie Smith, The Statler Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Lorne Greene and cast members Hee Haw and Lawrence Welk. Show.

He toured the United States and Europe in 1983-84 with Grand Ole Opry star Boxcar Willie, making 26 appearances at Opry.

Then, in 1989, he was a member of the house group of Renfro Valley (Ky.), The country’s longest-running radio show, with a broadcast of 10 years. He went on to become a beloved weekend personality on Xenia’s Real Roots Radio network.

He was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2015 at the 44th International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis, the Franklin High School Hall of Fame in 2016, and the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

He is survived by his sons, Brian Howard and Anthony (Claudia) Howard of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Kimberly Howard of Franklin; sister, Mary Rose (Dale) Zink of Franklin; five grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Clemia Mae Howard and John Henry Howard; wife, Dorothy Howard; son, John Earl Howard; and his sister, Mayme DiMuzio.

Visitations will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Anderson Funeral Home, 1357 E. Second St., Franklin. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with interment to follow in Woodhill Cemetery.


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