Curtis William Howard III

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CROAKER, VA - The Rev. Dr. Curtis William "Bill" Howard III, of Croaker, Va., age 92, died May 5, 2013, at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Kinston, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a president of Zeta Psi Fraternity and manager of the basketball team. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War and later as a chaplain. He received both a Bachelor and Masters of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Temple University and a Doctorate of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. For 25 years he taught psychology and counseled in career planning at Old Dominion University. During this time he also worked part-time as Career Counselor at CBN University, preached at Knox Presbyterian Church and other local churches, and retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After his "retirement," Dr. Howard served as interim minister in Elizabeth City, N.C., Plymouth, N.C., Toano, Va., West Point, Va., and Richmond, Va. He served on the Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee, was chairman of the Mental Health Association in South Hampton Roads, and served on the board of the Bob Boyd Evangelistic Association. For the past 19 years, Bill has been an active and beloved member of Olive Branch Christian Church. He devoted his life to doing God's work. Dr. Howard was preceded in death by his wives, Nancy Suiter Howard, Catherine Embry Romm Howard, and Louise Jefferson Moulds Howard; his siblings, Virginia Howard McGahey, Nancy Howard Sitterson, Eleanor Howard Cummings and Alex Howard. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Curtis Howard of Richmond; step-daughter Jean Romm Atkinson (Brian) of Whitmore Lake, Mich.; step-son Edward Romm (Wanda) of Virginia Beach; step-son Jefferson Moulds (Brent Anderson) of Washington, D.C.; step-daughter Stacey Moulds (Charles Field) of Richmond; grandchildren Mary Catharine Atkinson Kozina (John) of Cleveland, Ohio, Laura Atkinson (Matt Cleveland) of Brighton, Mich., Edward Atkinson (Dorothy) of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Elizabeth Moulds of Washington, D.C.; three great-grandchildren, Evan Kozina, Catharine Kozina, and Brady Cleveland; and two brothers, Lee Howard of New Haven, Conn. and Pierce Howard of Charlotte, N.C.; as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 13 at Olive Branch Christian Church, 7643 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23188, with burial following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, May 12 at Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th Street, West Point, VA 23181. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Eleanor and Curtis Howard Scholarship Fund at Gordon Street Christian Church in Kinston, N.C.; Barton College (formerly Atlantic Christian College) in Wilson, N.C. and Olive Branch Christian Church. The Family also wishes to thank the caring staff at the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center and the many friends who visited and lent support. Tributes may be posted at vincentfh.com. Arrangements are by Vincent Funeral Home. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)

Published in Free Press from May 8 to May 11, 2013
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