Paul Lawrence Howard, Jr.

Sunrise: October 21, 1930

Sunset: December 8, 2023

Paul Lawrence Howard was born October 21, 1930 in Portsmouth, Virginia from the union of the late Bishop Paul Howard and Cornelia Newby. Paul gave his devoted soul to Christ at an early age, and spent his formative years in his father’s church, fostering a profound love for spirituality.

He met the love of her life, Lillie, who he called his “Sugar Baby” and “Sugar Baby” affectionately called him “Peter Paul.” Their passion became a union on April 10, 1953. From this union, there were six children: Paulette, Sylvia, Sylvester, Paul III, Lisa, and Baby Howard, who passed away shortly after birth in 1969. Paul and Lille soon settled into the neighborhood of Victory Manor of Portsmouth, Virginia, where they called home.

Paul joined the United States Army where he served two years in active service. After serving in the military, he pursued a thirty-five (35) year career with the Department of Defense Transportation, working at Oceana Naval Base in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Paul retired in 1986 of committed civilian service.

“Peter Paul” loved entertaining his family, loved God, and his church. When visitors came to his home, they were always welcome and he always left his guest with a testament and a smile. His life was a testimony to the power of faith, and he loved to share that gift with everyone he met. He was a walking encyclopedia of Bible verses, and he left a lasting impression by imparting wisdom and comfort through scripture. Paul had a unique ability to infuse humor into every situation, leaving a trail of laughter and joy. His comedic spirit and quick wit endeared him to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

On Friday, December 8, 2023, around 9:30 pm, he was called home to be with his Lord and Savior.  Predeceased by his parents, his son Baby Howard, his grandson Sylvester Jr., his brother David Howard, sisters Naomi Bethea and Vivian Stanley, and his wife Lillie Speller Howard.

Survived to continue the memories of his life are his children Paulette, Sylvia Johnson, Sylvester (Pamela), Paul III (Cathy), and Lisa Howard-Alston. Paul leaves eight grandchildren: Kevin Johnson (Christa), Robert, Bryan (Ashley), Deonte Alston (Allena) and Ahmad Alston, Alicia, Ashanti, Paul Howard IV, nine great grandchildren: Kevin Jr., Kameron, Romiyah, Mason, Chrisette, Javia, Johan, and Amani Rose and one great, great grandchild, Sarai Reign. Paul also leaves one brother; John Howard (Mabel), two sisters; Virginia Thompson and Cornelia Wyatt. As well, he leaves a Goddaughter Brenda Miles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who always held a special place in his heart.

Paul Lawrence Howard, Jr. now walks in his “newness of life” and a loving memory for all who knew him. Back together again with his lovely wife; both now residing in Heavenly Love. As we say our goodbyes, let us remember “Peter Paul” for his unwavering faith, warm laughter, and the indelible impact he made on our hearts.

Viewing Sunday, December 17, 2023 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Monday, December 18, 2023 11:00am First Pentecostal Church of Christ Holiness 2417 Oak Street Portsmouth, VA 23704 Entombment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    Leeeigh M. Burton, Sr. says

    May the family continue to look to Jesus as they go through this period of grief. Your loved one is now in his mansion that God has prepared for him. Just look at how long God has allowed him to be with You. Hold on to the memories of Your loved one. May You also know that others are praying for You at this time.

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      Mitchell says

      My condolências tô the família

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    Sarah Parker says

    Condolences and prayers go out to the Howard family
    Neighbors for many years
    May u rest in peace
    Sarah Wertz Parker and family

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    Armand and Thelma W. Wyatt says

    To the Family,
    May your precious memories and your faith in God sustain you now and always.

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    Marion Boykin & Family says

    I did not know this fine man but have known his dear nephew, Dr. Melvin Stanley for about half my life. I know he adored his wonderful Uncle Paul and revered him in the greatest way. He often visited him and always spoke of him with great love and respect. There’s an awful lot of Uncle Paul in Mel (affectionately known the world over as “Doc.”) and Doc will hold that dear for always as a real strength from a man that led by example as a champion and beacon to his family and others. With that, I guess I did know Uncle Paul a bit better than first stated here, as his strong light and ever-present good natured smile continues strongly on in my dear friend and brother, his loving nephew, Melvin.
    R.I.P. and condolences from me and my family.

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    Fred Albergottie III says

    May the grace and peace of the Lord be with the Howard family during this time of grief for the loss of Mr. Howard praying for the familly strength and may the Lord hold the family together during this time.Mr. Howard was full of life and special funny jokes and laughter all the time.may he rest in peace

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    To the Howard family we send our sincere condolences. May the Lord Bless and keep you all in perfect peace and keep the legacy of Bro. Paul alive, I am glad I got to know him when I join First Pentecostal Church of Christ under the teaching and preaching of his late father. I say to the entire family trust god for strength. Yes, we loved him, but God loved him best. God Bless.

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