Clarence Howard, also known as "C.J.", 54, of Chattanooga, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on Jan. 20, 1959 to the late Claybun and Margiene Howard. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served for six years as a member of the Special Forces team. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church for thirteen years. He worked at ADM of Southern Cellulose, of Chattanooga, for 13 years as Maintenance Electricians. He worked in Coal Mines of Hazard, Ky., for six years as a bolt cutter. C.J. was also an avid hunter. He was married on Dec. 23, 1996 to his wife, Glenna. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Angel Mae Janie Combs; and brother-in-law, Ellis Grigsby. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 17 years, Glenna Howard; two daughters, Glinda Raye Combs, Edna Lynn Combs; three sons, Billie Combs Jr. (Tonia), Justin Combs (Carla) and Kristopher Charles Howard; mother-in-law, Ella Campbell; 19 grandchildren; one great-grandson; several extended family members and friends. The family will have a memorial service at Philadelphia Baptist Church located at 1065 Pine Grove Road, Ringgold, GA 30736 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, with Pastor Rob Borders officiating with dinner being served before services. You are invited to share a personal memory of C.J. or your condolences with his family at his online guestbook located at www.companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral & Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Howard family with these arrangements.