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Elder Richard Henry Howard

Memorial for Elder Richard Henry Howard

Born in Manchaca, Texas on Sep. 17, 1928
Departed on Dec. 5, 2009 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009
09:00 am - 5:00 pm
Service: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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How It All Began
Parents, Birth, and Early Years
1928 1937
Father: Mr. Anson Howard: C.M.E. Methodist Mother: Mrs. Muggy Perry Howard: Missionary Baptist
Date of Birth and Place: September 17, 1928 Home Place in Manchaca, Texas, (Aunt was Mid-Wife)
As a young child Richard worked hard on the family farm. He said his Mom always made him feel special. His parents had both passed away by the time he was 9 years old. He was the youngest of 11 siblings, 6 brothers and 4 sisters, (all deceased) twins passed in infancy.

1937 Fall of 47
"Go West Young Man, Go West"
After the death of his parents he moved to Austin, Texas with his sisters. Two of them moved out of state. Unknown to him, he was working his way to this present position, Keeping house for the LORD. He went to Omaha. There he learned of a job in Ogden, Utah. He couldn't wait to start his exciting new job traveling on the Union Pacific and Overland Limited Railway Route to Utah, Colorado, and California. He had to work. He started his new exciting job the next morning.

Return to Austin
1947 1952
Christian, Married Man
After going West, Richard was getting home sick, he thought he'd go back to Austin for a visit. It was the fall of 1947 and his long time friend Miss Icy Irene Thompson (deceased) had asked him to escort her to her High School Homecoming Dance. He also went to Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church one Sunday night to wait for Miss Thompson to finish Ushering, but he says something happened. Long story short, he joined Pilgrim Rest that night and at that time they baptized once a year, so he was baptized May 1948, 4th Sunday after the Annual Revival. With the approval of her mother, Sis. Martha Roods (deceased) and Aunt, Sis. Lula May Jones, Bro. Howard and Miss Thompson were engaged and later married January of 1948, Bro Howard was still a hard worker, faithful Church member, committed Christian man, and family provider.

His Call, His Education
1952 1957
Bro. Howard moved his family to Dallas, Texas in 1952, they had 2 children (Freddy/Eddy). Another child was born to them in 1952 (Marie). His pattern of faithful service and full participation in the church programs continued.

Bro. Howard received his call to the gospel ministry while working in Dallas at Lay's Potato Chip Factory. His answer was, "LORD I'll do what YOU want me to do, the way you want me to do it and if I fail, YOU fail." Led by GOD as a gospel preacher on September 3 1953 in Dallas Texas on Zane Street. He has not stopped. His loyalty, dedication and commitment to his call is evident in every aspect of his life. Elder Howard has never been without a church for 2 months since starting his ministry.

Education Elder Howard was a tenacious student, he pushes hard and long to make sure he is giving his best and the most correct information he knows. He prepared himself Educationally, Biblically, Spiritually, Mentally, and Emotionally to serve his congregation(s). He always had a funny story to tell, a plus for a good Preacher. Manchaca Elementary School, Blackshear Elementary, Kealing Junior High, L.C. Anderson High School all of Austin, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He took numerous Bible study correspondence courses and on site training, a tremendous amount of self study even to his last days. He always said, "Anything worth anything, cost you something."

(1.) '53 Pilgrim Home Primitive Baptist Church Dallas, Texas (2.) '54 Annie West Chapel Primitive Baptist Church Ennis, Texas (3.) '55 Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Ft. Worth, Texas (4.) '57 Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Texas (5.) '62 Rehoboth Primitive Baptist Church Austin, Texas (6.) '67 New Salem Primitive Baptist Church Tampa, Florida (7.) '89 Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Bastrop, Texas. In his pursuit of successfully serving his congregations Elder Howard has made great impact on many, many people.

In the passing of time Elder and Mrs. Howard had other children, (Patricia and Michael, Rosalind and Rene). Elder Howard's first wife, the mother of his children passed away in 1978. They were married for 33 years, 2 months and 2 days. Elder Howard married Sis. Doris Palmer Kelley on December 2, 1989, he acquired 3 more children (Raymond, Dodie, and Grechel.) Elder and Sister Howard celebrated 20 years and 3 days of marriage.

He had been at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church 20 years and 2 months at his death. Elder Howard is the father of 7, Stepfather of 3, Grandfather of 35, great-grandfather of 20, God-father of Elder and Sis. Bruce Strange, Tampa, Fl. He has one brother-in-law, A. C. Houston and wife Bobbie, One sister-in-law, Sis. Gladys Howard, One Aunt, Sis. Lula Mae Jones, One Uncle, A. C. Nichols, a faithful and loving nephew: Mr. James Howard and wife Grace, also recognizing his siblings and their spouses. Relatives and friends too numerous to count.

Some of His Accomplishments
Elder Howard held many positions in the local Church, District, State and National Primitive Baptist Conventions. His Accomplishments and Sermons preached are too numerous to count. Elder Howard is known for his willingness to take the risk to state his position. His agenda when going any where is to leave it better than when he came. He rebuilt Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas. He organized and built Rehoboth Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas. Helped organize El Bethel Primitive Baptist Association. In Tampa, Florida he pastored the New Salem Primitive Baptist Church. He re-built the Edifice and Educational Building, President of South Florida Progressive Primitive Baptist Association Union # 2, Elected Moderator twice of same Association, Vice President of Florida State Convention, and other positions. Returning to Texas, He pastored Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Bastrop, Texas. He served as Moderator of Providence Primitive Baptist District Association until his passing. He served as President of the Primitive Baptist General Convention of Texas twice, He served as the National Convention Chairman of the Finance Committee for over 35 years, He continued to serve as treasury clerk. He was made Dean of the Convention in our 2009 Session.

Elder Howard used every talent GOD gave him!

Services entrusted to A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.

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