|Howard Leon Milo was born September 7, 1934 and reared in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a lengthy illness and deteriorating health , he died in Layfayette, Louisiana on January 2, 1992. In between those years, he lived a fruitful and rewarding life through service to both the church and community.
While majoring in speech at Southern University in 1959, Howard became an interested and active participant in the program at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Later that year he committed himself to Christian discipleship and was baptized by the Reverend W. T. Handy, Jr. Following his conversion he became very active in the local congregation, serving in the Sunday School, the daily Vacation Church School, the United Methodist Men and other program activities. Shortly before receiving his degree from Southern University, he answered the “call to preach.”
Howard enrolled in Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia in1964. While in seminary, he was fortunate enough to meet and marry Miss Audrey Rosser. Together they reared two children in a wholesome Christian environment.
Following seminary graduation, Howard returned to the Louisiana Annual Conference in the central Jurisdiction where he was ordained as an Elder in 1967 by Bishop Noah W. Moore, Jr. He was appointed to the Wilton United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana and then to Philips Memorial United Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following the merger of the Louisiana Conferences A and B, he became a staff member of the Council on Ministries, serving under the leadership of Dr. J. Woodrow Hearn. After this service, he served as pastor of Fairfield-Jewella Charge in Shreveport, Louisiana and then the Mallalieu-St. James Charge in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Howard was active in community services. Especially he was a leader in the Prince Hall Shriners and the outreach of that organization. He also served on the Board of S.M.I.L.E. in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Howard will be remembered as a devoted husband and father. He was conscientious and compassionate pastor and loved by his parishioners. He leaves a devoted wife and two children, Adrian Martinez Milo and Mrs. Paula Vanessa Milo Moultrie, five grandchildren and two brothers to share many glorious and wonderful memories. He was interred in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1992, p. 224 By Bishop W. T. Handy|