Henrietta Stovall Howard

July 31, 1929November 9, 2013
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Henrietta Stovall Howard, 84, of Columbus, GA died Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Columbus Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer complicated by pneumonia and anemia. Despite her illness , she continued to witness to others about her Christian faith which never wavered. Everyone who knew her loved her and cherished her delightful personality, beautiful smile and sense of humor. She was a longtime member of Hilton Terrace Baptist Church and the AGAPE Sunday School Class.

A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, GA, with Reverend John Burnett officiating. Interment will follow in Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Howard was born on July 31, 1929 to the late Henry Stovall and Annie Lou Coley Stovall in Oxford, AL. She was the youngest of six children and outlived her parents and siblings. She married Louis L. Howard of Anniston, AL in 1946 and moved to Columbus, GA when he was stationed at Ft Benning, GA. She was a devoted military spouse and followed her husband to Evreux Air Force Base in France and to Ft Lee, VA before moving back to Columbus, GA when he went to Vietnam. Retiring after serving 27 years in the US Army, they remained happily married until his death in 2004 after 58 years of marriage.

She is survived by her five devoted children, Donna Hiller of Columbus, GA, Steve Howard of Lee County, AL, Vicki Gilbert of Columbus, GA, Dennis Howard of Fortson, GA and Leita Prewitt (Gary) of Midland, GA. She also is survived by six grandchildren whom she loved better than gold - Joseph Hiller (Cristy) of Macon, GA, Holly Gilbert Douglas (Brewer) of Nashville, TN, Kathryn Gilbert of Columbus, GA, Laura Gilbert of Tifton, GA and Sarah and Rachel Howard of Fortson, GA. In addition, she has three great granddaughters: Grace Hiller, Riley Gilbert and Paisley Harris who love her dearly.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at John B. Amos Cancer Treatment Center for their care over the past 13 years. Columbus Hospice House staff provided the most excellent and caring service during the end of her illness - this includes all the home care staff and all the in-house physicians, nurses and support personnel - thank you all.

Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Hilton Terrace Baptist Church. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, November 14, 2013

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November 16, 2013

Sincere Sympathy to Steve Howard and your family.

Jeanine Chambers.

Carmen Massey

November 14, 2013

When I first met her...I told her she looked great in hats...she immediately became my favorite hat lady!!!! Such a beautiful soul and so gracious!!!! Loved her dearly.

Michele Folds

November 14, 2013

The greatest testimony of a mothers life are her children. And Wow, what a testimony and legacy Mrs. Henrietta is leaving behind! Such loving, dedicated and faithful children tell the true story of a wonderful, compassionate, delightful Christian! God has such a faithful servant in His presence today!
With much love and blessings,
Ray & Michele Folds

Linda Shellnutt

November 14, 2013

This was a Beautiful Lady ! I Love her Hugs and kisses on Sunday Mornings. She will be missed but is setting with our Heavenly Father Because she was and always will be an Angel. My Heart goes to her Family. Todd, Linda and Dustin Shellnutt

Pat Clayberger

November 14, 2013

I can still remember seeing Ms. Henrietta sitting at church service at Hilton Terrace. She always had a smile for me and her love for our Heavenly Father always shined through. She is a blessing to me and will be missed.

Pat Clayberger

November 14, 2013

May God give all the family comfort.

Martha S. Tubb

November 14, 2013

Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.

JoAnn King

November 13, 2013

Dennis, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Donna Town

November 13, 2013

Leita, I wish I could be there in person to celebrate your Mom's life with you. You made the most of the time you had left with her, and for that I know you will be blessed with many cherished memories. May you be comforted in knowing that you have friends, near and far, who love you and look forward to you sharing all of those great memories with us. Love you my sweet friend.

Beth Bimber

November 13, 2013

Miss Henrietta was a true inspiration and example of a Godly woman. Her life was an example we should all strieve to meet. My prayers and thoughts are with the family as they adjust to her Homegoing. One day you will all be together again.