Walter Howard Sr.
Greenville - Funeral services for Walter Howard Sr., 94, of Greenville, will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Greenville, Saturday April 27 at 10 a.m. Father Tom Mulley will be officiating. Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville and 6-7 p.m. at Rosary.
He passed April 18 and will be buried at Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home.
Walter Howard, Sr., was born December 15, 1924 to the late Neal and Bertha Howard. He was one of five children. He was baptized at a very early age at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he remained a faithful member.
Walter was a 1942 graduate of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Greenville. While in high school, he played basketball and baseball, wearing jersey #15 in sports. In August 1943, he entered the United States Army. After an honorable discharged in 1946, he enrolled in Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950. While at Tougaloo, he played football and basketball. He was a quarterback in football and wore jersey #4 and played a guard in basketball, wearing jersey #15. He was All Conference Team in football for two years and All Conference in basketball for one year. He worked hard and continued his education by earning a Master of Education at Delta State University in 1973.
As an educator, Coach Howard, as he was fondly called, wore many hats. He coached basketball for two years at Arcola High School. In 1963, he was hired as a science teacher and assistant coach for junior varsity at Coleman High School. He became the girls’ basketball coach in 1963 and coached until 1970. The girls team won for big consecutive Big ‘8’ Championships and won the state championship in 1968. He lived by the quote “Be an optimist, give it your all, at all times.”
He retired from Greenville Public School System in 1986 and shortly after began working at Lewis Grocer Company in Indianola where he retired as well.
On January 13, 1951, Walter married Pearl Juanita Seard. She was the love of his life and to this union was born children.
Walter passed away April 17 at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted daughter, his caregiver, Ms. Carolyn Kennedy, whom he loved dearly, and Heart of Hospice Staff. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl, his parents, brother Milton Howard, Jr and Neal Joseph Powell.
Walter truly blessed the lives of all he encountered. He leaves to celebrate his life and cherish his wonderful memories, his daughter, Lori (Jeffery) Adams; his son, Walter Howard Jr.; his grandson, Walter Howard III; his sisters, Rose Robinson, of Jackson, Anita Smith, of Greenville and innumerable nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and colleagues.