Howard M. Joseph, Sr.

August 11, 1926December 30, 2012

Howard Joseph Sr., 86, passed from this world on December 30, 2012. He was born August 11, 1926, in Austin, the son of Lebanese immigrants. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. As a prolific businessman who operated retailer J&J Drug and Liquor for over 40 years, he was a longstanding part of the Austin business community. During the Korean conflict, Howard served as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. An active part of his community, Howard was a member of Our Lady Maronite Catholic Church., National Apostolate of Maronites, ALA, Cedar of Lebanon and Southern Federation.

Howard will be remembered by his kind smile, gentle spirit and his effervescent hospitality. A firm believer that family always came first, he always left his home open for family and friends to gather. Moreover, he was a man with a golden heart, who was always willing to help and champion those in need. We can still hear him giving orders.

Howard was preceded in death by the mother of his children Bernice Joseph.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Patricia; his son, Howard Jr.; his daughters, Patti Joseph and Janice Carmona and her husband, Mack; his step-children, Ernie Henry and his wife, Mitzi, Cathy Holder and her husband, Malcolm, Debbie Stolte and her husband, Steven, David Henry and his wife, Jill, Stanley Henry and his wife, Lisa, and Suzanne Sharif .

He is also survived by his twin, Harold; his brothers, Robert and Raymond; his sisters, Helen Naufel and Genevieve Kouri; his grandchildren, Jonathan and Zachary Joseph, Matthew and Michael Carmona, Brandee Ilse, Tara Barrow, Preston, Hank and Andrew Stolte, Daniel and Carolyn Henry, Emily and Anna Henry; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Today our world cries for Howard, and although he has left this world, he will live in our hearts forever.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until seven o’clock in the evening, on Wednesday, the 2nd of January 2013, at Our Lady Maronite Catholic Church located at 1320 East 51st Street, Austin, Texas. An Incense Service and Rosary will be recited 7:00 p.m. that evening.

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated ten o’clock in the morning on Thursday the 3rd of January 2013, at Our Lady Maronite Catholic Church with Dr. Msgr. Donald Sawyer as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery, Austin, Texas under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas.

The pallbearers are Jonathan Joseph, Zachary Joseph, Matthew Carmona, Michael Carmona, Preston Stolte and Daniel Henry. In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, memorials may be sent to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas, 78759. Condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, January 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2013

Howard M. Joseph, Sr.

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January 4, 2013

Big, Howard, you always treated me like a daughter and I am so blessed to have given you two special grandsons, Jonathan and Zachary Joseph. I will miss you so much. Love, Linda Summerlin

Eric Goike

January 3, 2013

My prayers of peace to Howard Jr, his family, Janice and Mack and thier family. So sorry for your loss.

Julie Standifer

January 3, 2013

I will miss my very sweet buddy. I will miss our long talks through the years & the stories of his past. I will also miss his kind and frank advise. I will miss his genuine hugs & sweet smile as well as his sometimes mischievousness.
Family, I cherish my freindship with those of you I know & will be praying for God to comfort you.

Rhonda Schiraldi Fonseca

January 3, 2013

Howard was such a kind man who always had positive things to say. I last saw him in July while visiting the store on my annual Texas trip. I am very saddened by his passing and I wish I could be there to celebrate what a great man he was. My thoughts and prayers are with his family!

Mitzi Anderson

January 2, 2013

I am so sorry to find out your loss this week and also sorry not to be able to sing in the choir for him as I to lost my brother-in-law on the 31st and at his funeral in Ohio. My prayers are with you.

parvine tebcherany

January 2, 2013

"It will always touch me and I will always remember Mr. Joseph walking slowly towards me just to say "Hello", like he did Christmas Eve at Our Lady's Maronite Church, as he was one of the last "old timers" who stuck with the church, the parishinors, and Monsignor Donald Sawyer, who we all love til death do us part.

Parvine Joseph Tebcherany

Lupita Lujan

January 2, 2013

Howard was certainly a light in many people's lives. He will be missed. My condolences to all his dear family and know that my prayers are with all of you.

cherylyn murray

January 2, 2013

My sympathy to the entire family. You are all in my thoughts.

Ken & Suha Vargas

January 2, 2013

Howard and many of his family were the early cornerstones of our Parish community at Our Lady's Maronite Church in Austin. We are grateful for what they helped build. Howard, you will be missed by all of us who knew you, but I know you are in a better place today, and we will just have to wait to see you again. Pat, Harold, Helen and Gen -- There are no words that I can offer to comfort your pain, but please know that you are in our prayers as we ask God to lighten your sorrow.

Annette Rizzo

January 2, 2013

Howard will be so missed by everyone in the family. He was such an wonderful role model, father, grandfather, and brother. He always had a warm smile and truly cared deeply about his family and friends.
It is comforting to know that he is now at peace in heaven and the Lord will be by his side. We are all so blessed to have had Howard in our lives.

My thoughts are prayers are with the family.
God Bless,