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Ms. Ethel Lee Howard nee Smith was born on February 20, 1938 in Quitman, Georgia. Growing up in Monticello, Florida, on her grandfather's farm, she spent many days working until she and her sister moved to Thomasville, Georgia at the age of 13. She attended the historic Douglass High School, where she was a graduate of the class of 1956. Not long after, she met and married the late Robert F. Howard Sr. To that union, six children were born: one daughter and five sons. The pair were later divorced, and Ms. Howard continued on working and raising their children. She would go on to marry once more, the late T. C. Lurry, to whom she remained married, though separated, until his death. In 1983, she met the late Pastor Chris Benjamin and Mother Benjamin, joined their church Holy Tabernacle House of Prayer and gave her life to God. From that time forward, shecommitted her life to learning, teaching, and sharing about the love, life and expectations of Christ. Through her service as a choir member, usher, missionary and many other facets, she represented God until the end. Ms. Ethel L. Howard was many things to many people: mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, godmother, friend, counselor, an ear and a shoulder. She was full of love with a zeal for living and did not let the fact that she was living without kidneys or anything else stop her from being
who she was and doing what she wanted to do. She was preceded in death by: her parents, Robert Smith Sr. and Annie Mae Black, her older maternal sister, Annie Lee Addison, her paternal brother, Robert "Smitty" Smith Jr., son, Christopher S. Howard, grandson, Isaiah King III, and great-grandson Jonathan "BJ" Griffin II. She leaves to remember her at her finest 15 children, 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson and her children: her daughter Cathy D. Coston (Andrew) of Thomasville, Georgia; sons R. Fredrick Howard, Jr. (Anita) of Snellville, Georgia; Gregory L. Howard of Tampa, Florida; Darrell X. Howard Sr. of Tallahassee, Florida; Hugh D. Howard Sr. of Thomasville, Georgia; son/grandson Demetrius J. D. Howard, Sr. of Cairo, Georgia; godchildren Condilea Henry of Atlanta, Georgia; Ruby Mickles (Bernard), Bertha McLaurin, and Frederick Anderson all of Thomasville, Georgia. She also leaves one sister Maltoria and one sister-in-law Rosa B. Smith of Palmetto, Florida; the family of beloved cousin Alberta Davis (deceased) of ThomasviIIe, Georgia, and a host of godsisters, god-brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins in Monticello, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Miami, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia. Funeral services are at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at St. Luke CME?Church, 305 Chatham Drive, Thomasville. The Rev. Willie Wade, pastor and Pastor Addie Walker officiating. Interment follows at Peaceful?Rest Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to assemble at 2 p.m., at 102 Wise St., Thomasville for the processional. The viewing is 1 to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Hadley's Funeral Home
Published on July 6, 2017
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