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 Samuel Lafayette Howard Sr.

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Samuel Lafayette Howard Sr.

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death
8 Oct 1940 (aged 79)
Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, USA
Burial
Auburn, Lee County, Alabama, USA
Plot
Section D, Lot 434, Space 1
Memorial ID
8993338 View Source

Newspaper obituary says he was buried in the Huguley Cemetery. Perhaps this was in error, or his body later reinterred. Howard's mother-in-law is buried in the Huguley Cemetery.

Professor S. L. Howard was born in either Muscogee or Harris County, Georgia. He was a composer and singing school teacher, a student of A. J. and J. H. Showalter. He began teaching singing schools in 1886. He was editor of Gospel Banner and an associate editor of Crowning Vocalist and Hymns of Glory. Howard lived with his parents in Muscogee County, Georgia in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 censuses, and was living in Columbus in 1904. The 1900 census lists the occupation of the 38-year old Samuel Howard as "Music Teacher."

Howard married Lydia Dowdell on December 24, 1907 in Lee County, Alabama, and appears to have lived at or near Auburn in that county until his death in 1940. In the 1910 census, Howard's occupation is "Farmer" and his name is simply "Prof. Howard". The B. F. White Sacred Harp added "At the Golden Gates" to the book in 1950. It previously appeared in The Vocal Class Leader under the title "They are Waiting for You and Me," tune by Howard and the words written by G. Beaverson.

A report in The Tuskegee News (Tuskegee, Alabama, Thursday, September 30, 1915, page 2) of the All-Day Singing at Concord Church says of Prof. S. L. Howard: "God never made a soul who loved music better or one who delighted more in singing the praises of his God and Saviour."

Newspaper obituary says he was buried in the Huguley Cemetery. Perhaps this was in error, or his body later reinterred. Howard's mother-in-law is buried in the Huguley Cemetery.

Professor S. L. Howard was born in either Muscogee or Harris County, Georgia. He was a composer and singing school teacher, a student of A. J. and J. H. Showalter. He began teaching singing schools in 1886. He was editor of Gospel Banner and an associate editor of Crowning Vocalist and Hymns of Glory. Howard lived with his parents in Muscogee County, Georgia in the 1870, 1880, and 1900 censuses, and was living in Columbus in 1904. The 1900 census lists the occupation of the 38-year old Samuel Howard as "Music Teacher."

Howard married Lydia Dowdell on December 24, 1907 in Lee County, Alabama, and appears to have lived at or near Auburn in that county until his death in 1940. In the 1910 census, Howard's occupation is "Farmer" and his name is simply "Prof. Howard". The B. F. White Sacred Harp added "At the Golden Gates" to the book in 1950. It previously appeared in The Vocal Class Leader under the title "They are Waiting for You and Me," tune by Howard and the words written by G. Beaverson.

A report in The Tuskegee News (Tuskegee, Alabama, Thursday, September 30, 1915, page 2) of the All-Day Singing at Concord Church says of Prof. S. L. Howard: "God never made a soul who loved music better or one who delighted more in singing the praises of his God and Saviour."


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