William Joseph Howard

william howard

April 11, 1954 ~ August 4, 2021

Born in: Columbus, GA
Resided in: Alpharetta, GA

William Joseph “Joe” Howard of Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away peacefully in hospice care after a long illness on Wednesday, August 4th. He was 67 years old. Born in Columbus, Georgia, Joe was the son of the late Sara Gilson and William Jackson Howard and brother of Martha Ann Howard and Carol Jane Howard.

After attending Hardaway High School, Joe graduated from the University of Georgia and became a lifelong Bulldog fan. Joe went on to study law at the Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta where he met his future wife, Dara Caye Oliver.

When Dara passed away in 1997, Joe took on the task of raising their three young children, Olivia, Harris, and Jack. Whether it was singing Beatles songs in their yellow station wagon, attending ballet recitals, teaching the art of charcoal grilling, coaching baseball and soccer teams, or cooking an Emeril Lagasse recipe he had just learned the night before, Joe was devoted to his children. Joe was a huge UGA football and Atlanta Braves fan but the teams he loved most were those of his children. One of his favorite activities on Earth was watching his sons practice football under the cover of pine trees at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. Joe made countless recitals, presentations, performances, workouts, practices, matches, and games; all while experiencing numerous health challenges. He met those health challenges with his own sense of humor which will be greatly missed.

Joe is survived by his sisters Martha Ann Howard and Carol Jane Howard, his three children, Elizabeth Olivia Ward (Kris), Harris Kennedy Howard (Kacy), and Jackson McCall Howard, and three grandchildren, Hugh and Savannah Ward, and Palmer Howard.

Joe was a member of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he also spent several years teaching Sunday School. A memorial for Joe will be held there on August 14, 2021 at 11:00 am. Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 North Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga, 30009.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory should be made to the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church.

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  1. Patricia Peoples Stephens says:

    So sad to learn of Joe’s passing. We were elementary thru high school friends. He was a friend to all who knew him, always a smile. Condolences to his children, family, friends. May you soon find peace and joy in Joe’s lived example.

  2. Johnny Gilbert says:

    Joe was my best friend and next door neighbor growing up. He loved sports and I’d awake many mornings to here him dribbling his basketball next door. Rest in peace my dear old friend.

  3. Johnny Gilbert says:

    Joe was my best friend and next door neighbor growing up. He loved sports and I’d awake many mornings to here him dribbling his basketball next door. We’d ride bikes, explore the woods and build treehouses. So many fond memories. Rest in peace my dear old friend.

  4. Jed Harris says:

    Condolences to Joe’s family. Fond memories from our days as fellow students at Hardaway High School, Columbus, Georgia. Joe was a fine man and will be missed by many.

  5. Richard Owens says:

    Our hearts are with all of Joe’s family in this sad loss. I admired the way that Joe lived and persevered after Dara’s too soon passing – he didn’t look for another mate, but poured himself into loving and supporting his remarkable children which was a more noble and God-honoring pursuit. Though Joe has departed from us here, his life continues in the lives of those remarkable and blessed children and their children. May God’s peace and comfort flood over the entire family.

  6. Cathy Sinsheimer says:

    Joe was one of the nicest guys I knew in high school. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. It sounds as if he was as wonderful of an adult and parent as he was a classmate. May all who mourn him find peace in his memories.

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