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Robert L Howard, Jr
Feb 15, 1940 to Oct 11, 2018


On October 11, 2018, Robert L. Howard, Jr., 78, heard the Master’s call, “come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Robert Lee accepted the call. Robert Lee was born in St. Charles on February 15, 1940, the second son of five, to the late Robert Howard and Rosa Mae Charles Howard. He was the grandson of Charlie and Camilla F. Howard and Laddie and Kizzie Charles. Robert Lee was born and reared in a Christian home and joined Unionville AME Church at an early age. Robert Lee attended the public schools of Lee County and left to live in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked for several years. It was there he met and married the former Bessie M. York, and to this union five children were born. Robert Lee leaves to mourn his passing: his children, three daughters, Jacqueline Howard, Joyce York and Luvato Howard, all of Brooklyn, NY; two sons, Gregory Howard of Brooklyn, NY and James York of Columbia; eight grandsons; three granddaughters; four great grandsons; four great granddaughters; three brothers, Rev. Laddie N. (Katherine) Howard and Albert B. (Fannie) Howard of Sumter, LeRoy Howard of Fayetteville, NC, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Laddie N. and Mrs. Katherine Howard, 3725 Cottage Path, Sumter. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 11 a. m. from the Unionville A. M. E. Church, 1330 Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville, with the Rev. Alvin E. Webb, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Dr. James S. Cooper, Sr., Presiding Elder of the Sumter District AME Church, presiding. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10 a. m. The funeral procession will leave the home at 10:15 a. m. Burial will be in the Unionville A. M. E. Churchyard Cemetery.
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