SIM HOWZE JR.
LORADO, W.Va. — Sim Brown Howze Jr., 83, of Lorado, departed this life Friday, May 4, 2012.
Born February 15, 1929, at Lorado, he was a son of the late Sim Brown Howze and Eleanora Lapslep Howze. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife of 63 years, Mrs. Dorothy Carter Howze; two brothers, Beddo Binders and Anthony Cornelious “AC” Howze; one sister, Willa Mae Binders Singleton, and one son, Thomas Howze.
Mr. Howze graduated from the former Buffalo High School and was active in the alumnae reunion programs. He was a deacon of St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Kistler, having been a deacon at the former St. John Missionary Baptist Church at Amherstdale. He was a retired miner, having worked life long at Lorado Mines’ Pittson Coal Co., and was a president of UMWA Local 8454. He was a member of the Logan Chapter of the NAACP, and had received the Community Leadership Award of the NAACP. Mr. Howze had served as treasurer of both the Guyan Valley Baptist Association and the Guyan Valley Ministers and Deacons Union. He was First Vice-President of the Guyan Valley Sunday School Congress and a member of the Executive Board of the Guyan Valley Baptist Music Convention.
Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Sim Brown (Minnie) Howze III of Washington, D.C., and Frederick Douglas (Greta) Howze of Temple Hills, Md.; six daughters, Ella Mae (Alan) Robeson and Shelah Howze of Clinton, Md., Brenda Howze Terry of Columbus, Ohio, Marlene Howze of Upper Marlboro, Md., Sonya (Darnell) Harris of Kistler, and Cynthia Howze of Herndon, Va.; one brother, Kenneth (Julia) Howze of Forestville, Md.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; other extended family; a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Services will be held at noon Friday, May 11, at St. James Missionary Baptist Church at Kistler with Rev. Audie Murphy, assisted by Rev. Jeff C. Woods, officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery at Peck’s Mill.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Pallbearers will be the in-laws, sons-in-law, and grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Tolliver, Ernest Grimmett, Clinton San Francisco, and James Hutchinson. Granddaughters and friends will serve as flower bearers.
Pond Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of arrangements.