Henry Lee Howard, was born June 18,1930, in Augusta, Georgia, the only child, to the late Lenora Collier and the late Frank Howard.
As a child, he was very obedient to his mother. She raised him with a stern hand. As he grew as a man, he was extremely humble and
kind to others.
He attended elementary school in Augusta-Richmond County. In high school he served as president of the freshman class, 1946. He graduated from the A.R. Johnson High School (now C.T. Walker) in 1951.
Spirits of Harmony
He began working immediately after completing high school to help his mother along the way. He also started to sing in quartet groups on the weekends and soon began his own group called the “Spirits of Harmony.” Under his leadership the group traveled all over the states of Georgia and South Carolina and recorded three albums.
He was a faithful member of Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church for sixty years. He was a loyal and devoted Deacon who served untiringly. He instituted various ministries and community projects. He was instrumental in the organization of the New Savannah Road Social Services Program, Inc.
He worked at Davidson’s Department Store and in the warehouse and furniture departments of J.B www.preventforschools.org. White. After years of working for these establishments, he decided to open his own business where he learned the trade of reupholstering and refinishing furniture.
As Howard’s Upholstery and his kids grew, he began to teach them the trade of reupholstering furniture. He taught them at a fast pace, because he learned and knew the importance of training up a child in the way he should go, just as his mother taught him. We all worked hard many late hours, because the bible teaches us that, “When night comes no man can work.” We can truly say that he worked until his day was done.
In 1970, Henry Howard was the first African American to co-host the Sunday morning gospel program, The Parade of Quartets (POQ) in which he eventually became the Executive Producer. The Parade of Quartets is the longest running gospel production in the United States. Henry, along with his son Karlton, was the weekly host on Sunday mornings on WJBF Television. They recently celebrated their 50th year anniversary.
Henry s political career began in Augusta as a Commissioner of Richmond County in 1985. He served on the Board of Commission until 1990. In 1990, He was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives, and served until his death.
He was Chairman of the Richmond County Legislative Delegation and the Augusta Chapter of Black Elected Officials. While serving as State Representative of the 121 st District, he chaired the Human Relations and Aging Committee, The Economic Development and Tourism, Science and Technology and the Transportation Committees.
Representative Henry Howard made tremendous contributions in promoting the passage of legislation that has greatly benefited the Augusta-Richmond County area and the State of Georgia. He was a spiritual man who loved God and church. He was a gentleman, statesman, a servant of mankind, and a loving, kind and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
God called his name into eternal life on Monday, October 3, 2005