Howard Lewis Hailey, 65, of Fort Washington, Maryland entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 14, 2013. Family and friends will unite on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer AME Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Celebration of Life
Howard Lewis Hailey was born May 23, 1947. He was the third of four children born to the late George Hailey and Elizabeth Hailey in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Priscilla, in 1971 in Seattle, Washington. From that union two daughters were born, Tasha and Kenya. On January 14, 2013, while holding the hands of his wife and daughters, Howard was called home to be with our Father in Heaven.
Howard graduated from Carver High School in Spartanburg, S.C. in 1965. He continued his education at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he played for the Livingstone Blue Bears' football team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and was a proud member of the ""One of a Kind Class of '69."" Howard was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by Livingstone College.
Howard's first job was a teacher in Dublin, Georgia, which is where he met Priscilla. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, but was a conscientious objector to the war and served in Ft. Richardson, Alaska, before he was honorably discharged. While serving in the Army, Howard and Priscilla married and began their lives in Seattle, Washington, which was their home for 40 years.
Following his time with the Army, Howard joined the U.S. Office for Civil Rights for 15 years where he eventually became the Supervisor of Contract Compliance. He later moved to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where he served in the same capacity. However, Howard was an entrepreneur at heart and established his own business, Seward Park Furs & Leathers in 1988. He maintained a retail store in Seattle and traveled across the country where his furs were featured in fashion shows for professional organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Medical Association, to name a few. He was one of only a few African American furriers and only retired because his health began to fail.
Howard was a sports enthusiast and spent most of his Sunday afternoons rooting for the Seattle Seahawks at the Kingdome. He also loved track and field, sometimes traveling great distances to attend world-class track meets. Howard was an avid swimmer, waking early six days a week to start his morning in the YMCA pool. He was also a member of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
Howard had a strong faith and joined the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Spartanburg at an early age. While in Seattle, Howard was an active member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church and eventually became an associate minister there. Because he loved his family so much, he and Priscilla relocated in 2011 to the east coast to be closer to his children and grandchildren, whom he cherished so much. His four grandchildren were his greatest pride and joy. After moving to Fort Washington, MD, he became a proud member of the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 42 years, Priscilla W. Hailey; two adoring daughters, Tasha Hailey Hutchins (Imar) and Kenya Hailey Riley (Marvin); four grandchildren, Cole, Haile, Kennedy and Imar II; two sisters, Gloria Hailey Hunte and Carolyn Hailey Lloyd; sisters-in-law Esme Hailey and Tammy Greene; brothers-in-law, Thomas Williams, Hubert Williams, Larry Williams, Charles Bennett and James Williams; two nephews, Jeffrey Hailey and Julius Lloyd, Jr.; a niece, Malika Hunte; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George Hailey; mother, Elizabeth Hailey; and brother, Melvin Hailey.