Frances "Lou" Howard (1934 - )

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Mrs. Frances "Lou" Howard, 84, entered her eternal rest with the Lord on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia with her children at her bedside. Mrs. Howard was born in Riceboro, Georgia as the third eldest daughter of the late Isaac and Edith LeCounte. She attended Liberty High School of Midway, Georgia and later married Peter Howard, Jr. in 1955.
She was preceded in death by her husband Peter Howard, Jr., sons Pete Howard and Robert Howard.
Mrs. Howard joined New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 1943 and was one of the lead singers and soloist in the adult choir for more than 50 years. Her voice was powerful and stirred the soul and she was often referred to as the "Mahalia Jackson of Liberty County." Her love of the Lord and music inspired her to start two groups, the original New Zion Gospel Travelers and the Blood of Jesus Crusaders, a singing group that included two of her children, Edna and Avery.
Early in life, Sister Howard was very much involved in civic matters and often advised political leaders. Her concern for people was a testament to her life.
As an avid sports fan, she was consummately Georgia all the way-Atlanta Falcons, Braves, Hawks-all teams Georgia.
She enjoyed cooking and was employed in the restaurant industry, working as a supervisor at the Ramada Inn of Richmond Hill, Georgia and one of the head cooks at Poole's Deli, Hinesville, Georgia and Holiday Inn Restaurant, Richmond Hill, Georgia. The highlight of her life was cooking for her family and she was well known for her 'soul food' dishes. She looked forward to regular family gatherings, and particularly loved Thanksgiving and Christmas when more than fifty of her offspring would gather annually.
Sister Howard was a passionate and loving matriarch of her family and will forever be remembered. Her life and memory will be cherished by her beloved children Larry (Velma) of Midway, Georgia, Karen (Tim) Brown of Walthourville, Georgia, Angela Stevens and Edna Mashel Clark of Hinesville, Georgia, Kenneth (Mavis) Howard of Riceboro, Georgia, Shelease (Johnathan) Horn of Chicago, Illinois, Troy V. Howard of Riceboro, Georgia and Avery T. Howard of Hinesville, Georgia; four sisters, Isabelle Joyce (Leroy) Jones, Thelma Wynn and Brenda LeCounte all of Jacksonville, Florida and Mary "Barbara" Stevens of Buffalo, NY; three brothers-in-law Eddie Howard, Sr. of Atlanta, Georgia, Theodore (Ophelia) Howard of Riceboro, Georgia and Andrew Relaford, Sr. of Savannah, Georgia; five sisters-in-law, Lillian Howard of Townsend, Georgia, Leola Howard of Miami, Florida, Patricia Howard of Riceboro, Georgia, Ernestine O'Neal LeCounte of Cannon Bluff, Georgia, and Shirley LeCounte of Brunswick, Georgia; more than 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Wake services are 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at Dorchster Funeral Home, Midway, Georgia.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at the First Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Riceboro, Georiga. Rev. Curtis J. Lemon is the eulogist.
Dorchester Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Coastal Courier from Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 3, 2019