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Honoring Reverend Ollie Mae Howard
Rev. Ollie Mae Howard
Reverend Ollie Mae Howard

Dear Editor,

I would like to take the time to recognize our great family member Reverend Ollie Mae Howard.

Rev. Howard will be celebrating her 100th birthday June 21. She was born in Barber County, in White Oak Alabama and grew up in Eufaula, just 13 miles away from her birth home. Rev. Howard was one of 16 children born of Birl and Mattie Howard who owned hundred of acres of farm land. Howard spent her early childhood helping out around the farm by doing chores, cooking, cleaning, carrying water from the spring, working the fields and with the animals and quilting.

Rev. Howard was sent to live with her aunt and uncle Young and Willie Tyson in the McIntosh community in Liberty County. It was there that Howard finished her educational training at the former Liberty County Training School. Later she continued her education by taking adult classes at Bradwell Institute and received her school papers in 1967.

Rev. Howard’s first job was working for the Sheriff of Hinesville. She worked for several court and then got a job with the Board of Education and at Bradwell Institute as a cook and custodian. Shen went into private care and cooked and was a caregiver to clients in St. Simons Island and North Carolina. She was also a cook at the White Way Café. 

Throughout all this time Rev. Howard raised three adopted children who gave her two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Rev. Howard stopped working in 1997. Rev. Howard got her license to preach the Gospel of the Lord and has spoken at churches from Savannah to Walthourville but calls St. Peters AME church her home.

We celebrate her life.

Cherry Howard

Ms. Ollie Mae Howard

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