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November 27, 2012

Percy Howard Jr.

Percy Howard Jr., 94, longtime educator, rancher and civic activist passed away on Nov. 23, 2012.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville.

Mr. Howard was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Palestine, Texas to Percy and Lottie Howard, the second youngest of eight children.  

He committed his life to Christ at a young age.

Percy’s early education began in Anderson County and continued as an undergraduate at Jarvis Christian College. He subsequently earned a Master’s degree from Texas Southern University.  

Percy served his country in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Percy moved to Huntsville after returning from overseas military service and on Jan. 24, 1947, he was united in marriage to Alice Wiley.

For 33 years, he served the Huntsville education system and hundreds of students in a number of capacities. He began at Sam Houston High School as a teacher, coach, counselor and principal.  When the schools merged in the late ‘60s, he continued his career as vice-principal, counselor and administrator of the alternative school. After his retirement, he founded the Howard Educational Scholarship Fund for exceptional high school seniors.

Percy had a strong commitment to improve the community around him. This included serving as: Huntsville City Council member from 1983-1991, mayor pro temp from 1987-1991, on the board of directors for the Trinity River Authority, Huntsville Housing Authority and Community Day Care Center. He was also a member of the American Legion, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Martin Luther King Celebration committee and Rotary Club of Huntsville where he received the Paul Harris Award for service to the community.

Mr. Howard was a faithful member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Huntsville, where he served in many capacities including:  member of the trustee board, deacon and head of the finance committee.

He is survived by a host of family and friends who share stories and life lessons of him including his loving wife of 66 years, Alice; their children, Malcolm, Rosalyn, DeAndra, Percy III and Michelle. Percy and Alice have 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Percy was blessed to also have a host of special nieces, nephews and cousins who regularly visited and worshiped with him.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Percy’s life on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 11 a.m. at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 426 Highway 190 East, Huntsville. Internment will follow the service at Harper Cemetery, in Huntsville.

Mr. Howard will lie in state from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home and from 9  a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

The Howard family would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers, please continue to lift us to the Lord in this challenging time.

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