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Rev William Howard

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Rev William Howard

Birth
Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Death
21 May 1953 (aged 78)
Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Burial
Darlington, Darlington County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
103402374 View Source

Few men of his age are more widely or favorably known in South Carolina than Rev. William Howard, of Darlington, Missionary of the Home Mission Boards of the Southern and National Baptist Conventions.
He was born in Sumter county, Jan. 17, 1875. His mother, Clarissa Howard, was a daughter of James and Annie W. Thompson.
Young Howard's mind early turned to religious matters. He was converted at thirteen years of age, and identified himself with the Baptist church.
He attended the local schools as a boy. He was a youth of independent spirit and was not discouraged at the prospect of having to make his own way in school, which he did by work in the printing office. , When ready for college he matriculated at Benedict, where he did both his college and theological work.
He taught one year at Lexington and one in Saluda
county. In 1900, he was licensed to preach by his home church, and in 1906, was ordained to the full work of the ministry, Dr. A. C. Osborne, President of Benedict, being among those officiating.
On Jan. 10, 1906, he was married to Miss Mabel Keith, a graduate of Atlanta University, a daughter of Samuel J. and Frances Keith. Mrs. Keith was a remarkable woman of superior education and an accomplished teacher at a time when few colored people were equipped for teaching. Mr. Keith represented his county in the Legislature. It was in the same year, 1906, that Rev. Howard was elected Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist Sunday School Convention, a position which he held for nine years. Thus it will be seen that the year 1906 was an eventful one in the life of our subject, as it witnessed his marriage, his ordination and his election as Secretary. In this latter capacity, he visited every part of the State. His voice has been heard in conventions, in associations and in local churches from the mountains to the sea pleading for organization, efficiency and service.
Since 1915 he has been doing mission work in South
Carolina, under the direction of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Board of the National Convention.
Rev. Howard is a forceful speaker and a magnetic preacher, and has had several propositions to enter the regular pastorate. He has done considerable supply work, demonstrating his ability as a builder and organizer, though that service has been incidental, his main efforts having been directed toward the larger interests of the whole denomination rather than the pastorate of any single church. Rev. Howard is an extensive reader, and is especially fond of current history.
He has been a careful student of conditions among the
colored people generally and especially in South Carolina, and is convinced that the real progress of the race must rest on religion and education.
Rev. Howard, now in the bloom of mature manhood with vigorous mind and body, brings to bear on his work those essential qualities of leadership which have already made him a prominent place in his denomination.
"History of the American Negro and His Institutions" South Carolina

William Howard Negro Baptist Editor Dies
DARLINGTON, May 22 - (Special) - The Rev. William Howard, widely known retired Negro Baptist minister of Darlington, died last night at the Saunders Memorial Hospital in Florence.
He was a trustee of bot Morris and Benedict Colleges and was the editor of the Baptist paper. He served as pastor of many of the largest Negro Baptist churches in the Pee Dee section.
The Rev. Howard taught school a number of years and operated a printing press.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. M. K. Howard, president of the Women's State Baptist Convention; a daughter, Mr. Winona Turnage of Harrisburg, Pa.; and a brother, the Rev. Seymour Howard of Dalzell.
Funeral service will be conducted at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon a 3 o'clock Monday afternoon from the Macedonia Baptist Church.
The State (Columbia, South Carolina) · 23 May 1953, Sat · Page 7-A

Few men of his age are more widely or favorably known in South Carolina than Rev. William Howard, of Darlington, Missionary of the Home Mission Boards of the Southern and National Baptist Conventions.
He was born in Sumter county, Jan. 17, 1875. His mother, Clarissa Howard, was a daughter of James and Annie W. Thompson.
Young Howard's mind early turned to religious matters. He was converted at thirteen years of age, and identified himself with the Baptist church.
He attended the local schools as a boy. He was a youth of independent spirit and was not discouraged at the prospect of having to make his own way in school, which he did by work in the printing office. , When ready for college he matriculated at Benedict, where he did both his college and theological work.
He taught one year at Lexington and one in Saluda
county. In 1900, he was licensed to preach by his home church, and in 1906, was ordained to the full work of the ministry, Dr. A. C. Osborne, President of Benedict, being among those officiating.
On Jan. 10, 1906, he was married to Miss Mabel Keith, a graduate of Atlanta University, a daughter of Samuel J. and Frances Keith. Mrs. Keith was a remarkable woman of superior education and an accomplished teacher at a time when few colored people were equipped for teaching. Mr. Keith represented his county in the Legislature. It was in the same year, 1906, that Rev. Howard was elected Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist Sunday School Convention, a position which he held for nine years. Thus it will be seen that the year 1906 was an eventful one in the life of our subject, as it witnessed his marriage, his ordination and his election as Secretary. In this latter capacity, he visited every part of the State. His voice has been heard in conventions, in associations and in local churches from the mountains to the sea pleading for organization, efficiency and service.
Since 1915 he has been doing mission work in South
Carolina, under the direction of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Board of the National Convention.
Rev. Howard is a forceful speaker and a magnetic preacher, and has had several propositions to enter the regular pastorate. He has done considerable supply work, demonstrating his ability as a builder and organizer, though that service has been incidental, his main efforts having been directed toward the larger interests of the whole denomination rather than the pastorate of any single church. Rev. Howard is an extensive reader, and is especially fond of current history.
He has been a careful student of conditions among the
colored people generally and especially in South Carolina, and is convinced that the real progress of the race must rest on religion and education.
Rev. Howard, now in the bloom of mature manhood with vigorous mind and body, brings to bear on his work those essential qualities of leadership which have already made him a prominent place in his denomination.
"History of the American Negro and His Institutions" South Carolina

William Howard Negro Baptist Editor Dies
DARLINGTON, May 22 - (Special) - The Rev. William Howard, widely known retired Negro Baptist minister of Darlington, died last night at the Saunders Memorial Hospital in Florence.
He was a trustee of bot Morris and Benedict Colleges and was the editor of the Baptist paper. He served as pastor of many of the largest Negro Baptist churches in the Pee Dee section.
The Rev. Howard taught school a number of years and operated a printing press.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. M. K. Howard, president of the Women's State Baptist Convention; a daughter, Mr. Winona Turnage of Harrisburg, Pa.; and a brother, the Rev. Seymour Howard of Dalzell.
Funeral service will be conducted at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon a 3 o'clock Monday afternoon from the Macedonia Baptist Church.
The State (Columbia, South Carolina) · 23 May 1953, Sat · Page 7-A


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  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 103402374
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/103402374/william-howard: accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Howard (17 Jan 1875–21 May 1953), Find a Grave Memorial ID 103402374, citing Darlington Memorial Cemetery, Darlington, Darlington County, South Carolina, USA; Maintained by Nala (contributor 46984635).