Location:  Greenleaf Cemetery on SH 377

Robert E. Howard
(January 24, 1906 - June 11, 1936)

   Born in Parker County, Robert Ervin Howard grew up in the Brown and Callahan County communities of Cross Cut, Cross Plains, and Brownwood.  He attended Brownwood High School and Howard Payne College, and published his first works of fiction in school newspapers.  He later wrote poetry and short stories for popular magazines.  His main interest was in science fiction and fantasy.  In 1932, he created the character Conan the Barbarian.  Howard  committed suicide at age 30.  His Conan character has become known worldwide through books, magazines, and movies.

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