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George Jones Howard

George Jones Howard

SUNRISE JULY 26, 1930 - SUNSET JULY 26, 2021


George Jones Howard was born on July 26, 1930, to Jennie Lovett Howard and George Jones Howard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was the oldest of four siblings.  His brother John Howard and sister Madeline Hanton preceded him in death. George celebrated this year’s birthday in a very special way, he went home to be with the Lord on his 91st birthday, July 26, 2021.

George was educated in the Philadelphia school system and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High in 1947.  After graduation, George joined the Army Air Corps now known as the United States Air Force in 1947.  After finishing basic training at Lackland Air Base in San Antonio, he went to Engine Mechanic School Propeller (R.2800) Engines. He was transferred in 1949 to Williams Jet Fighter School in Chandler, Arizona and worked on Jet Engines on the Flight Line as a Jet Engine Mechanic. In 1953 he went to Sampson Air Base in Geneva, New York and was transferred to Amarillo, Texas to Hulit Jet Engine Mechanic B-47 and B-52 Jet Bombers.  He stayed there and was shipped to France 71st Bomb Squadron Laon, France and went to school for Jet Engine Mechanic B-57. After training, he was shipped back to the United States. He served in the Air Force for 10 years from August 1947 to December 1957. During that time, George did not have any ear protection from the noise and sounds of the airplane engines and subsequently started losing his hearing as he got older. During his tenure in the Air Force, George was very proud to be a Tuskegee Airman as he faithfully served his country.

In 1968, George met the love of his life, Bettie Ashley and after a one-year whirlwind courtship, George and Bettie were married. On July 22, 2021, they celebrated their 52nd anniversary. George always wanted the best for his family, and he loved and adored his two beautiful daughters – Monica and Timberly more than life itself. George was a loving father, and devoted husband and a great provider and in 1977 he left the city and moved his family to Willingboro, New Jersey.  Their home and backyard were always filled with happiness, love, games cookouts and playtimes with each other. 

After leaving the military, George was employed for the United States Postal Service as a mail handler and later worked as a Supervisor of the Mail Room for the Department of Naval Defense from where he retired on January 2, 1993.  He worked hard to provide for his family. To say that George loved his family was an understatement because they were always Number One in whatever he did.


George was always joyful, a positive role model and full of fun. One of his favorite sayings was “I am your father, but I am also your friend”. We will truly miss his goofiness, corny jokes, and his very presence.

“Cab” as he was affectionately known, enjoyed watching the Cab Calloway Show and would cry at the end of each program because he never wanted to see it end. His other enjoyment included watching the “EAGLES” and the Philadelphia 76ers.  He loved the Philadelphia sports’ teams. Throughout his 91 joyous filled years, he also enjoyed going to the “Roller Derby Games” watching people jump “Double Dutch”, listening to jazz and painting and making ceramics.

George accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1998 after moving to Jacksonville, Florida. However, in 2011 after 13 years Bettie and George moved back to New Jersey in Mt. Laurel.  He enjoyed fellowshipping at Second Antioch Baptist Church and Philadelphia. Then in 2015 he and his wife joined Faith Deliverance Worship Center under the late Apostle Eric F. Ricks, where he developed numerous new friends and relationships.

George will be forever missed and leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Bettie Howard of Mt. Laurel, NJ; two children Monica (Oscar) McCoy of Willingboro, NJ; Timberly (Clarence Ryans) Howard of Mt Laurel, NJ; four grandchildren; Nyesha, Angel, Jae’Niylah and Grayson (deceased); one great grandchild; Kara; one brother James (Erlinda) Howard of Detroit, Michigan ; one sister in-law; Sharon Hill Banks (Allen Hill) of Suitland, MD;  two brothers-in-laws; Arthur (Ella) Banks of Philadelphia, PA; David (Lenora) Banks) of Philadelphia, PA; one special daughter Shalanda Fenner, Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.



Viewing :Monday, August 2, 2021 - 10:00 A. M. – 11: 00 A.M.

Celebration Service: Monday, August 2, 2021 – 11:00 A.M.


Faith Deliverance Worship Center

1304 Route 130 North

Burlington Township, N.J. 08016


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