James Julius “Brother” Howard, Sr.

James Julius Howard, Sr., was born on June 3, 1938 in Littleton, North Carolina,to the late Benjamin Earl and Lillian Christmas Dunson Howard. He peacefully departed this life on Thursday, January 8, 2015 while under care at Commonwealth Assisted Living in North Chesterfield, Virginia.

James, who was better known to family and friends as “Brother,” graduated from the Warren County Training School in May 1956 and from an early age, was baptized and attended the Olive Grove Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. After graduating, James went to work for J.P. Stevens and later WestPoint Stevens in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and retired after many years of service. In his later years, James worked at the Waste Industries waste facility in Littleton, North Carolina.

James never ventured far away from the Littleton area. He chose to stay close to home so that he could look after things. He loved to stay busy and “neighbors” from near and far could always count on him to help with many projects. James would build fences, decks, utility sheds, picnic tables, and so much more. He took great pride in all projects that he undertook and ensured that they were professionally completed!  James also took time to plant, care for and grow beautiful gardens full of tomatoes, green beans, lima beans and many other summer vegetables, which he gladly shared with family and friends. He was especially proud of his delicious barbeque; a gift he inherited from his father. As a young man, James enjoyed playing baseball and the card game, “bid whist” with his family and friends. James enjoyed fishing and had a lifelong passion for hunting. As an avid hunter, he especially looked forward to his son joining him each year during the hunting season. James also loved watching his favorite football team, the Washington Redskins – a love also shared by most of his children.

James was a devoted son, brother, father, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings (two infants and a toddler), his wife, Joyce Howard, and in 2012, his youngest brother Connie Howard. James leaves to cherish his memory, four daughters: Charmaine Thrower Franklin (Ray) of Upper Marlboro, MD; Wallica Howard Gaines (Theodore) of Richmond, VA; Wendy Howard Cooper (Chet) of Richmond, VA; Dawn Howard of Richmond, VA; one son, James Howard, Jr. (Dia) of Fort Washington, MD; two brothers: Walter Howard (Marilyn) of Clifton, NJ; Clinton Howard (Maria) of Littleton, NC; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; first wife, Barbara Richardson; devoted cousin, Vernice Lacy (Tim), and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. Rev. Daryl H. Flood, Sr. will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The  body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. The body will also repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.