Howes, Allie Beryl Sandefur (Mrs. Ted)



March 31, 1916-March 10, 1986
                Allie Beryl Sandefur Howes was born March 31, 1916 at Montrose, LA. She graduated from Louisiana State Normal School (now Northwestern State University) in 1934 in Business Education which she taught in various high schools for a total of 17 years. Shortly after she began teaching, she met Ted Howes and their love led to marriage. Glenmora was his first full-time appointment, and they went there together. Their simultaneous deaths in an automobile accident in Baton Rouge on March 10, 1986, brought to a tragic conclusion 49 years of united service and loving dedication to the churches they served, the communities they lived in, and the multitude of friends they loved. Services were held at the Ponchatoula United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Crosby, Rev. Jim Wilson and Rev. William Eubanks officiating. The following Sunday afternoon, a Memorial Service was held in the Delhi United Methodist Church.
                Although appointment to a church typically is in the name of the minister, for Allie Beryl the assignment included her. At every charge her presence, her willingness to serve and her love and concern for her family soon became evident. Visitation was a joint effort and enjoyment.
                While serving the Sterlington-Fairbanks Charge, she and Ted joined the Eastern Star, and thereafter they found rich friendships and deep satisfactions in its activities as they moved from chapter to chapter according to changing assignments.
                When retirement time came, they moved into the home which Ted and she had planned and built with the aid of many friends. From that home they went out from Sunday to Sunday to fill in for ailing or vacationing pastors. or they found themselves attending the Delhi Church where they continued to serve in the choir, the monthly fellowship activities and the work of United Methodist Women. Visiting in our home, she expressed her pleasure that Ed was asked to assume the work of the Epps-Floyd-Pioneer Charge through a mid-year appointment need.
                While denied the blessing of their own children, Ted and Allie Beryl adopted two: Judith Elaine and Teddy Scott, to whom they gave all the love and devotion a truly Christian home could provide. A beautiful tribute by Teddy was read at both memorial services. During the last several years, the partnership of Ted and Teddy in their bee business brought a very special closeness to Allie Beryl and Vickie.
                The Howes’ home was a place where each day began with a prayer, the hours were concerned with the needs of others, and scripture and prayer prepared them and their company for well earned rest…for every day was a busy one.
                They lived their lives together. They served the church together. They died together. We are certain that they climbed the steps that took them into their heavenly home together.
 Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 280       By Heaton B. Crammer

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