Henrietta Stovall Howard, 84, of Columbus, GA died Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Columbus Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer complicated by pneumonia and anemia. Despite her illness , she continued to witness to others about her Christian faith which never wavered. Everyone who knew her loved her and cherished her delightful personality, beautiful smile and sense of humor. She was a longtime member of Hilton Terrace Baptist Church and the AGAPE Sunday School Class.
A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA, with Reverend John Burnett officiating. Interment will follow in Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 at the funeral home.
Mrs. Howard was born on July 31, 1929 to the late Henry Stovall and Annie Lou Coley Stovall in Oxford, AL. She was the youngest of six children and outlived her parents and siblings. She married Louis L. Howard of Anniston, AL in 1946 and moved to Columbus, GA when he was stationed at Ft Benning, GA. She was a devoted military spouse and followed her husband to Evreux Air Force Base in France and to Ft Lee, VA before moving back to Columbus, GA when he went to Vietnam. Retiring after serving 27 years in the US Army, they remained happily married until his death in 2004 after 58 years of marriage.
She is survived by her five devoted children, Donna Hiller of Columbus, GA, Steve Howard of Lee County, AL, Vicki Gilbert of Columbus, GA, Dennis Howard of Fortson, GA and Leita Prewitt (Gary) of Midland, GA. She also is survived by six grandchildren whom she loved better than gold - Joseph Hiller (Cristy) of Macon, GA, Holly Gilbert Douglas (Brewer) of Nashville, TN, Kathryn Gilbert of Columbus, GA, Laura Gilbert of Tifton, GA and Sarah and Rachel Howard of Fortson, GA. In addition, she has three great granddaughters: Grace Hiller, Riley Gilbert and Paisley Harris who love her dearly.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at John B. Amos Cancer Treatment Center for their care over the past 13 years. Columbus Hospice House staff provided the most excellent and caring service during the end of her illness - this includes all the home care staff and all the in-house physicians, nurses and support personnel - thank you all.
Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Hilton Terrace Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at www.shcolumbus.com.