Obituary: Will Nathaniel Howard


Will Nathaniel Howard

March 21, 1936 – March 17, 2017

Will Nathaniel Howard (‘Hi-Daddy” to his grandkids), was born in Gordo, Alabama on March 21, 1936 to the late Walter and Zummer Lee Graham Howard.  He was the fifth oldest of nine siblings.

Will was educated in Gordo, and graduated from Gordo Colored High School in 1954. Following graduation, he felt the calling of the military and enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was stationed at the El Centro, CA Naval Base. Will served in the Navy for 2 years, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1957.

Following his military tour, Will found employment with Dotson & Sons, Inc., and the Helena Chemical Company, where he worked for many, many years.  During that time, he furthered his education at San Diego State University (Calexico Campus), where he received a certification as a Real Estate broker.

Will came to Christ at an early age, being baptized at First Baptist Church in Gordo as a youngster. He was a faithful steward of Christ and a faithful member of First Baptist Church during his time in Gordo.

Will left this earth to be with the Lord on March 17, 2017, just 4 days prior to his 81st birthday.  Preceding him in death are his parents, his older sisters, Louise Fowler and Frances Latham, and his older brother, James W. Howard.  He leaves, to cherish his memory and to celebrate his life, his seven beloved children: Dolrie Ann – Brawley; Nathan-Santa Cruz; Selwyn Shawn -Santa Clara; Cynthia Babette Evey (Kevin) – Santa Clara; Kimberlee  – Cathedral City; Tim (Maria) – El Centro; and Will – Brawley. He also leaves to mourn 21 amazing grandchildren and 24 adorable great-grandchildren, along with his loving sisters, Atrice Bonner and Doris Fulgham – Cleveland, OH, and Jewel (Eugene) Harris- Eufaula, AL; brother and BEST friend Edward (Angela) Howard- Atlanta, GA, and brother Rev. Lee (Joanne) Howard – Carrollton, AL; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. (A special “shout out” goes to Will’s loving nephew/brother and namesake, James Nathaniel Howard of San Diego, who never missed a day of visiting Will during his hospitalization prior to his transition.)

Will’s passion was following his kids and his grandkids in their sports’ activities. His love of sports was legendary, and “March Madness” was his favorite time of year. That, and rooting for his beloved NBA Los Angeles Clippers! Will’s gentle chuckle and his kind heart will be missed by all who knew him.

 A Graveside Service will be held Thursday, March 30 at Riverview Cemetery at 9:00 a.m. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley at 6 – 9:00 p.m.