Sept. 3, 1865-July 25, 1928
|Rev. S. D. Howard was born in Palmetto County, Georgia, September 3, 1865, and passed to his heavenly reward July 25, 1928. He was happily married to Miss Kate Worry January 20, 1887. To this union were born six children, four of whom survive him— Miss Clara, Mrs. W. L. Trenchard, and two sons, Finis and Barney.
In his early life he joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and was licensed to preach, and served for a number of years as evangelist in that church. In 1904 he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and became a member of the Louisiana Annual Conference. From that time until his death he was an efficient pastor, with a love for the cause, that lifted him above place-seeking or complaining; serving the charges to which he was sent in a way not only to ingratiate himself into the hearts of the people but also to make him a soul-winner for Christ. lie was a man of faith and a faithful man. His devotion was profound; his faith was unshaken; his love was unbounded. His ideals in the gospel ministry were high and sacred. God called him to preach. He not only prepared well his sermons but he delivered them with unction and power. Few men enjoy preaching more than he did. His prayer life so abounded in holy fellowship with his Lord that, like Abraham, he walked by faith.
As his presiding elder, I assisted him in two revival meetings. Brother Howard was one of the most brotherly men with whom I have ever been associated. In these meetings I learned more of his inner life and his love for the souls of men. His love for the work into which God. had called him may be expressed in the language of Fannie Crosby:
“Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
K. W. Dodson.
|Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 109, 1928|