Howard M. Williams, Sr.

Sunrise: September 14, 1931

Sunset: December 3, 2023

Virginia Beach, Virginia – COL (Ret) Howard Mordecia Williams Sr., age 92, passed away on December 3, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born on September 14, 1931, in Elloree, South Carolina to the late Marion Robert Williams and Ethel Blondell (Waymer) Williams.

Howard was a deeply religious man of faith and lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. He served his country with honor and distinction as a 30-year career Army Infantry officer and aviator.  He was rated on Rotary and Fixed wing aircraft. Howard made history as the first SCSU ROTC graduate to become an Army aviator, contributing to the integration of Army Aviation. Notably, he commanded an Infantry Battalion in the 1st Armored Division in W. Germany and served as the Dean of Student Affairs at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.

Passionate about mentoring and training future Army officers, Howard took great pride in his role as the Professor of Military Science at Norfolk State University where he mentored and trained future Army officers. He was a Master Army Aviator and received numerous accolades for his service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 17 clusters, and the Legion of Merit. In recognition of his achievements, Howard was inducted into the South Carolina State College ROTC Hall of Fame in 1979 and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Army Black Aviation Association (USABAA), Inc.  He has also been inducted into the United States Army Aviation Museum having flown 3663 hrs with 587 combat hrs.

Outside of his military career, Howard pursued his passion for financial planning and became a Certified Financial Planner. He worked as an Independent Contractor with JJSA Advisors, LTD, aiming to assist those in the academic community in better planning for their retirements.

Aside from his military service, Howard had a passion for his community and was actively involved in various organizations.  He served as a Senior Steward, Sunday School

Teacher, and President of the Lay Organization at St. John’s AME Church.  He was a dedicated member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc for over 70 years and an active member of the SCSU Tidewater Peninsula Alumni Chapter.  Howard was also appointed to the Social Services Board, Mayor’s Committee on Aging; Citizen Advisory Committee; and the Community Action Resource Empowerment (CARE) Committee of Virginia Beach.  In Norfolk, VA, Howard served as a Board member of the Crispus Attucks Cultural Center, Inc.  He was a member of the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, Inc. and holds a life membership in the NAACP.

Howard was married to the former Miriam Bowman for over 70 years. Together, they reared three children: LTC (Ret) Howard M Williams, Jr. (Vielka) of Alexandria, VA, and Valerie Archie (Chris) of Missouri City, TX. He was preceded in death by his son, Dorian Bowman Williams. He adored his seven grandchildren – Logan Williams, Alexis (Dave) Jones, Danielle Williams, Douglas (Thalia) Williams, Christina Archie, Dorian Archie, and Jerona Archie, as well as his six great-grandchildren – Daisha Davis, Hosea Fontenot, Wes Williams, Leo Williams, Carter Jones, and Makenna Jones.

Howard’s military service began in 1953 and spanned until his retirement in 1983, serving in the U.S. Army.  His hobbies were varied and included playing football in high school and college, fishing, bowling, golf (lots of trophies) and playing bridge with the love of his life, Miriam

Viewing Thursday, December 14, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, December 15, 2023 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Sunday, December 17, 2023 11:00am Belleville Memorial Gardens Orangeburg, SC 29115

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    Modell Lewis says

    Praying for family

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    Peggy M. Dixon says

    Col. Williams will truly be missed. My condolence to Williams Family. He was a true man/ Soldier of God. Praying for the family

    Love Peggy Dixon and Family

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    Diane Williams Maloy says

    To the Williams family my heartfelt condolences to you all.

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    Gillian Jefferson Chavers and Family says

    We offer our sincere condolences to our bereaved cousins, the Williams family members in Virginia, in South Carolina and extended family elsewhere. Cousin Howard was my mother’s Susie Williams Jefferson, fellow classmate and paternal cousin. She treasured his friendship these many years along with his lovely wife. Cousin Howard Williams was a man of character, which influenced all of his relationships and endeavors. May God comfort your grieving hearts for the days ahead.

    Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver or gold. The rich and poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all.

    Rest in peace Cousin Howard Williams.

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    Blanch Wise says

    Col. Williams, a true officer and a gentleman, who will be deeply missed.
    My sincere condolences to the family. May God continue to give you peace and allow you to rest.

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      Cousin "G.G." (G. Gillison) says

      To Our Cousins, the Family of Dearest Cousin Howard Williams, Sr.,

      We’ll miss Cousin Howard. He gave much inspiration to so many of us. It was a blessing to see you all at our recent 2023 family reunion. Please know our heartfelt prayers are with you.

      With deepest sympathies in Christ Jesus,
      Your Cousins
      Mrs. Jean Waymer Gillison & “G.G.” [G. L. Gillison], Family of the late Presiding Elder John Harold Gillison

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    Cathy and Casey Morgan says

    Dear cousins, our deepest sympathies for your loss. We’ll miss Howard.


    Cathy and Casey

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    Latanya Upshaw says

    It has been a pleasure to care and be there for Mr.Howard he was truly a good client very sweet .To the family thank you for allowing me to have been apart of both Ms.Miriam and Mr.Howard.

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