Leon Dewayne Howard, age 64, was born on the 18th of October 1957 in Sumter, South Carolina to Ada J. Howard and Charlie N. Howard. He died on, Christmas Day, Saturday, 25th of December, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He lived a life of devotion to God, his wife (Marlene), his family, his country, and his profession.
Leon was raised in Mayesville, South Carolina by his loving grandmother, Ida L. James, and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in Elliott, South Carolina. After high school, he attended South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC (“SCSC”). From SCSC, he joined and served in the United States Navy as a Quartermaster. While serving, he did a tour of duty in the United Arabi Emirates as well as Sigonella, Italy before retiring from the Navy in 1996. He spent the last 25 years of his career working as a MSC Membership Associate for AAA of Tidewater.
During his service in the US Navy, Leon met the love of his life Marlene Ishmael. They were married on the 23rd of July, 1994 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and their life together was inseparable.
As a youth Leon was a very active member of Unionville AME church where he was a member of the choir, an usher, a very active member of the youth group, and he played the piano during youth services. Throughout his entire life, he remained dedicated to serving the Lord and was a tremendous blessing to those who knew him. Leon, along with his wife Marlene, served in a variety of ministry roles, including coordinating household fellowships, Bible classes, and community outreach with The Way International in Virginia Beach, VA. He loved God, family, and people. He was one of the biggest givers you could ever hope to meet.
Because of his abundant love for family, Leon always set aside part of his vacation to be with family, especially his mother in South Carolina. Leon was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Elias and Ida James and paternal grandparents George and Rebecca Howard as well as his sister Pandoria Howard, his father Rev. Charlie N. Howard and stepparents Leon Marshall and Geraldine G. Howard. He is survived by his mother Ada J. Marshall of Mayesville, SC, his wife of 27 and a half years Marlene Yvonne Howard, siblings Eddie S. Howard, of Sumter, SC, William V. Howard, of Houston, TX, Alethia (James) Morris of Charlotte, NC, and David (Courtney) Howard, of West Columbia, SC as well as his mother-in-law, Fay Ishmael of Lake Worth, FL. Nephews and nieces Kevin Kinard of Atlanta, GA, Marketh E. Howard of Sumter, SC, James E. Morris, III of Charlotte, NC, Jazmine C. Morris of Concord, CA and Javari C. Morris of San Diego, CA. and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.
Leon was a man of deep faith, a loving husband, loyal son, a committed and very supportive brother, uncle and an honored veteran. He was all of these things and so much more to all that knew him.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 at 10:30am. The service will also be available virtually as well.
Leon will be laid to rest, beside other family members, in a private burial in the cemetery of Unionville African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Charles, SC.
Altmeyer is in charge of arrangements.
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