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J.L. Howard

September 24th, 1920 - March 9th, 2017

Reverend J.L. Howard, 96, of Sebring, FL, formerly of Haines City, FL passed away on 3/9/17. He was born on 9/24/20 in Dowling Park, FL and moved to this area with his family as a young child. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during W.W. II. J.L. was ordained as a minister on October 10, 1954 and started his Ministry that year at Westside Baptist Church in Haines City. After some time J.L.'s Ministry took him to Athens Baptist Church in Ft. Meade, FL and then on to First Baptist Church of Lucerne Park and finally it brought him back to Athens Baptist Church. He loved serving the Lord and going fishing. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Mamie Elizabeth Rutherford Howard; first wife, Marie J. Howard; children, Jack C. Howard, Janice Aldridge, Shirley Nunes; siblings, Olen, Edgar, Calvin, Adele, Myrtis and Blanche. J.L. is survived by his wife, Viola Frances Howard; sons, David Howard of Winter Haven, FL, Mike Howard of Haughton, LA; step-children, Tommy Braswell of Sebring, FL, John Braswell of Sebring, FL, Sylvia Cooley of Wellington, OH, Mary Etta Llewllyn of Sebring, FL; 21 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. A visitation will be Monday from 5-7 pm at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City and the funeral will be Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10 am at Westside Baptist Church, Haines City.

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Nell Johnson

The Northeast Polk County Historical Society, Inc., Haines City, Florida, would like to extend our sympathy to the family of Rev. J. L. Howard. Please know that Rev. Howard touched many lives in the Haines City Area and was loved by many. Not only was he a minister at Westside Baptist Church, but he was a fine gentleman raising a great family. He will be remembered fondly. We operate the Haines City Historical Museum and will be pleased to file Rev. Howard's family information in a place of honor. Nell Johnson, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary.

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Steven and Emily Parker

Our friend, our beloved pastor for many years. Love to family. Keep looking up. Our help comes from above. Thank you Jesus for JL.

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Annette Braswell

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Robert and Jackie Yearian

Lit a candle in memory of J.L. Howard

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Margaret Daniel

I first met Jay when he and Viola were married. My mother, Helen Michelson, and Viola were lifetime friends. The Lord leads people through this life to love and help one another and knowing Jay and Viola was a blessing to me as well. My husband and I have visited his church, his home, and have gotten to know him better through the years. He would also come over with Viola to visit us on occasion. You are all in my prayers that the Holy Spirit will comfort you during this time of mourning and memories. Remember the good times. Wish I was able to come. Margaret and Shel Daniel

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Billy & Roxie Goodman

Our thoughts and prayers to Tom, John, and Sylvia...And all the family of Rev Howard. He served mankind and was given Grace and Blessed by many living years through God Almighty. Thy Will Be Done......

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Annette Braswell

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