31 year old Joshua Lee Howard of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a devoted caregiver. His wishes were that he be cremated. Public viewing will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his mother Judith Ann Caldwell. He is survived by his wife, Elissa Howard of Smithville. Two children, Hope Lynn and Isaiah Nicolas, both of Smithville. Father, Sterling Howard of Missouri; Mother-in-law, Robin Mullins of Smithville, and Father-in-law Ellis Mullins, also of Smithville. Brother and sister, Sterling Matthew Howard of Michigan and Jessica Ann Howard of South Carolina. Four brothers and sisters-in-law, Victoria, Ellis, Jim, and Ronnijo. The family asks that donations be made to the funeral home to help with expenses, in lieu of flowers. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.