NEWTAZEWELL Jeff Howard, 53, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Cleveland, lived in Chattanooga for over 20 years and for the last five years lived in New Tazewell. Jeff was a 1977 graduate of Cleveland High School and also graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a well known wrestler and All American and was two time state champion. He attended New Tazewell First Christian Church.He is survived by his wife, Allison Limbrick Howard, of New Tazewell; daughter, Haven Howard, of Chattanooga; step-daughter, Caroline Barkley, of Decatur, Ga.; father, Jim Howard, of Cleveland; mother, Theresa Howard, of Cleveland; brother, Hank Howard and wife, Robyn, of Cleveland; sister, Fawn Yates and husband, Randy, of Clinton; niece and nephew, Calyn and Cole Howard, both of Cleveland; and aunts, Jimmie Ruth Maynor, of Polk County and Diane Spencer of Ooltewah.A celebration of Jeff's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Grissom Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Gibson and Coach Duane Schriver officiating.His family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service.The family request that memorials be made in Jeff's name to the Bradley/Cleveland Public Education Foundation with the funds being designated to the Cleveland High School Wrestling Program.We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Howard family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.