I suppose nearly everyone has a favorite uncle...that special person who treats you kindly, smiles easily, teaches you how to tie knots, or helps you over rough spots in childhood. Marvin Howard, my father's oldest brother, was that uncle for me.
Uncle Marvin was more. He excelled in his profession (he was once described as the "best dredge operator in America"), loved Ocracoke, was an accomplished equestrian, gave many hours of volunteer service to his community, and organized Ocracoke's outstanding mounted Boy Scout troop.
For several years I have wanted to honor Uncle Marvin with an article about his life and accomplishments. This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to Captain Marvin Wyche Howard, and his Life Well Lived. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052113.htm.