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Howard Branson Yonce

November 4, 1947 - May 17, 2020

Howard Branson Yonce went to be with his Lord on May 17, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at his home in McKinney, Texas. He was born the son of and preceded by Howard Branson Yonce, Sr. and Helen Wingate Yonce of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Howard was a faithful husband for over 35 years to Janice Yonce and loving father to Eric and Matthew Yonce as well as stepfather to Brad Boklage and Craig Boklage.

He was a proud grandfather to Kayla Houser, Blake Boklage and Beau Boklage. He was of strong faith and loved the Lord as he was a devoted member of the Grace Fellowship Church of McKinney, Texas and he had a special place in his heart for Pastor Kirk Taylor. Howard spent his life trying to help as many people as he could through endless charitable work. Proudly known as “HoHo”, his work through Plano Santas brought so much joy to families and children in need, but more importantly created Christmas for so many families who would otherwise not have it. Howard was a kind hearted man who loved to help and encourage all those around him and he had a keen ability to create community wherever he went. He focused much of his life to helping children whether it be through his dedicated years of teaching Sunday school or simply putting a smile on a child’s face when handing out a candy cane.

He had an infectious sense of humor that he transferred to all he touched. He loved pranks and played them religiously on coworkers, friends and family. Howard loved playing golf and was known to sneak out of the office in early afternoons to carry out “meetings.”

Howard is survived by his wife, Janice Yonce, sons Eric and Matthew Yonce of Los Angeles, California and stepsons Brad Boklage of Frisco, Texas and Craig Boklage of Austin, Texas.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, the service will be restricted to immediate family. 

The service will also be video recorded and will be available following the service on https://facebook.com/TurrentineJacksonMorrow page.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories and expressions of sympathy on the memorial page at the link below: https://www.forevermissed.com/howardhoho-branson-yonce

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Plano Santas at the following link: https://planosantas.com/

Youtube link for Photos slide tribute https://youtu.be/5nXcrzCTwUw

Youtube link for Service https://youtu.be/AR7ca8dnHJk 

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Howard was one of the kindest men I have ever known. He was the hands and feet of Jesus. He was such a gift to so many families in Plano. Howard shared the joy and meaning of Christmas with hundreds of children at Teddy Bear Junction for many years. He also was the only Santa (HoHo) that my granddaughters ever knew. We all dearly loved Howard! Kathy Pounds, May 23, 2020 Jan, Eric, Brad, Matt, and Craig, So sorry for your loss, but glad you young men had such a great example to follow in life. Branson will be missed by us all, but imagine he is having a great reunion with his parents, and grandparents up in Heaven about now...and other friends and family who have gone before him. The outpouring of love from those around whom he lived and worked, is a great testimony to his faith in God. I'm sure you all will miss him now, but we all can look forward to seeing him again someday in the future, only God knows when that will be. In Christ,
Kathy Wingate, May 23, 2020 Howard was one of my favorite patients. I always looked forward to seeing both of you. It was my privilege to have been his doctor all those many years. He will be greatly missed. Jed Jed Rosenthal, May 22, 2020 My deepest condolences to Janice and to Howard’s family and friends. I worked with Howard many years in his utility connection service. Howard had a “never met a stranger” personality and great sense of humor. He was a kind and generous man. I thoroughly enjoyed his friendship. He will be missed.
King Moss, May 22, 2020 You will never find a more dedicated and loved SANTA. Albert Grenier, May 22, 2020 Our sympathy and prayers for you all, Branson will be missed. Terry and Marilyn Gay, May 22, 2020 Dear Family I am so shocked and saddened to learn of Branson's passing. He was such a good friend to me during our days at Rock Hill High School. We shared many good times and great laughs that I will forever cherish. My condolences to you all. God rest his soul. Phyllis Barrett, May 22, 2020 We were part of a playgroup that always included “our” Santa at our Christmas party. So many memories! Kristina being the only baby who would have him hold her. Alyssa catching her gift upside down as I held her because it had to be from him to her. One of the best times was the last time we saw him. I happened to see him on the news landing at the McKinney airport and I raced to the square to see him at the toy drive. Much to my surprise a couple of church friends were his Santa’s helpers. I had no idea I attended the same church! He taught Sunday school and sat in the back of the church and I didn’t see him. To make a long story short that Christmas he was able to see many of the kids who are now grown which was incredibly special. Barbara Anderson , May 21, 2020 God has got a beautiful person working for him. Jane love you.
David, May 21, 2020 Howard, it was an honor my family working with you over the years in Plano Santa. You and my mom (Julia Grenier) can talk about the old times up above. Prayers coming to your family. Cherie Shafer Forsythe, May 21, 2020 What sad news this was. Although he is no doubt playing jokes and swapping stories with everyone who preceded him to Heaven, probably slipping a candy cane to Saint Peter at the gate on the way in, we will miss him here on Earth. His infectious humor and warm smile are so sorely needed. And what will my daughter do now? When she was in pre-school, a Santa came by at Christmastime. But she refused anything to do with him, because he was not the real HoHo. We will all just have to step up, be a source of warmth and caring to those around us, and try to fill the gap. Rest in Peace, and Say Your Prayers. Bob Fuller, May 21, 2020