Funeral services for Dr. James H. Howard, who
passed away January 6, 1936, at the Washington Sanitarium and Hospital, aged
seventy-four years, were held Sabbath afternoon, January 11, at the First
Seventh-day Adventist church. Burial followed at the Harmony Cemetery, Monday
Dr. Howard was born at Brookville, Maryland, on March 23, 1861. He attended
the grammar school at Brighton, Maryland. In his early teens he came to
Washington and attended Howard University. In 1883 he received his M.D. from
the Medical School of Howard University. After graduation he practiced as a physician,
and at the same time served as a clerk in the War Department in Washington,
D.C. In 1886 he was united in marriage with Isabella Marion Cook, who preceded
him in death by a number of years.
For over forty-five years he was a faithful and
devoted member of the First Seventh-day Adventist church. His fellow members
looked to him as a worthy leader, a friend and brother.
In 1923 he went to Abyssinia, and while there his
interest in building a school for the education of Ethiopian girls
materialized. Returning to this country after an absence of about a year, he
reentered the government service. In 1925 he was married to Retha Dillard, with
whom he lived happily until the time of his death.
Dr. Howard was a Christian gentleman. His inspiring
life, his noble character, have left their impression not only on the church
circle, but on all who were acquainted with him. He is survived by his wife;
one sister, Mrs. Martha Ann Pumphrey; and many other relatives, and a host of
devoted friends. We feel confident that our brother sleeps in Jesus, awaiting
the voice of the Life-giver.
-Adolphus E. Webb, “JAMES H. HOWARD, M.D.” Adventist
Review, February 20, 1936, pg. 21.