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Dorothy Lee Solesbee Howard of Greer, widow of Alton W. Howard, went to be with her Lord January 5, 2014. Her hearts desire since September 2005 was to go to her heavenly home and be with her beloved husband, Alton.
A life-long resident of Greer, Mrs. Howard was the daughter of Thomas Henry and Lillian Atkins Solesbee of the Holly Springs Community.
Mrs. Howard was a loving and devoted wife and mother. To her family, friends and acquaintances, she was known as Mama Dot.
A member of the Greer Church of God since 1941, where she met Alton, she served in many supporting roles of the church including the sanctuary choir, Ladies Willing Workers, and Sunday School teacher for over sixty years. She was still teaching as late as 2013. She was known as a devoted and dedicated Christian woman, a prayer warrior and faithfully visited the sick and shut-ins. She loved her husband, family, church and community.
As the wife of a Greer police officer, she served as an officer in the Police and Firemen Ladies Auxiliary and in recent years was an active member and officer of the City of Greer Senior Citizens, as well as Greer Church of God Senior Citizens. Mrs. Howard was well known by many residents in Greer for making delicious homemade cakes, her beautiful seamstress work and her lovely flowers, especially African Violets. She enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves on TV, but nothing delighted her more than having her family at home and preparing a meal for all to eat.
Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Young (Don) of Greer, and Theresa Harvey (Larry) of Taylors; two granddaughters, Kimberly Foster Wilson (Addrian) of Iva, SC, Teri Harvey Graham (Shane) of Greer; three grandsons, The Rev. Dr. Larry Thomas Harvey (Jeanne) of Greer, William (Billy) Harvey (Alla) of Greer, Shadwick Harvey (Janet) of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Roman Wilson (Andrea) of Greer, Matthew Wilson (Shawna) of Anderson, Zachary Wilson (Casey) of Greer, Hannah Wilson of Iva, SC, Kristen Harvey, Alex, Adam and Avery Graham of Greer, Isaac Harvey of Greenville; great-great-grandchildren, London and Arbor Wilson of Greer; and one sister, Cecile Pittman (Ed) of Greer.
She was predeceased by a special son-in-law, Richard Bloomfield, a brother, T.H. (Bud) Solesbee (Mary Ellen), three sisters, Frances Smith (John Earl), Betty Joyce Koon (Fred) all of Greer and Effie Nadeau (Norman) of Greenville.
Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at The Wood Mortuary.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Greer Church of God (corner of Trade and Pelham Streets, Greer, SC) with the Reverends Stewart Anderson, Bobby Johnson, Jerry Madden and Tommy Harvey officiating. Following the service, burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Greer.
Pallbearers will be Billy Harvey, Shane Graham, Addrian Wilson, Roman Wilson, Matthew Wilson, Zachary Wilson, Alex Graham and Adam Graham.
Honorary escort will be The Ladies Auxiliary Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made as floral or contributions to Greer Church of God, 500 Trade St., Greer, SC 29651.
Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com
The Wood Mortuary, Inc.
300 West Poinsett Street Greer, SC 29650
Published in The Greenville News on Jan. 7, 2014