Rev. Howard Baach Yow

September 17, 1912May 21, 2013

Rev. Howard Baach Yow, 100, of Greensboro, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

He was born in Guilford County on September 13, 1912, the second of 6 sons and a daughter, to Carl Hampton Yow and Lena Lydia Osborne Yow. He graduated from Guilford College and was happily married to Lalah Smith Yow until her death in 1992. He is survived by 7 nieces, 9 nephews and a large extended family.

Howard and Lalah served the Society of Friends for 47 years at NC Quaker churches in Cedar Square, Kernersville, Wayne County, Hood Swamp, Pikesville, Winston-Salem, Liberty, Mount Airy, Dunn and Harmony at Winthrop. Additionally he served in Noblesville, Indiana and 5 years as Education Administrator of the Friends School in Kenya, West Africa. He was active in the Rotary Club and Boy Scouts. He was an avid reader, photographer, gardener, traveler, hunter, gunsmith, woodworker, long distance bicyclist, as well as an avid stock car race fan who attended all the Indy 500's during his ministry in Indiana. Howard’s personal motto was: "Service Above Self" and he was especially proud of his ministerial part in the original planning, building and development of Friends Homes at Guilford; the family is very grateful for the loving care which he received from the staff there for the last 14 years of his life.

Services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Centre Friends Meeting, 325 East NC Hwy 62, Greensboro, NC. 27406, with the Rev. Terry Venable officiating. Interment will be in the Centre Friends Cemetery followed by a brief reception in the church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Centre Friends Meeting, PO Box 632, Randleman, NC 27317 or to Friends Homes at Guilford, 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.



  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 25, 2013


  • Visitation

Rev. Howard Baach Yow

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Ginger Osborne

May 29, 2013

To Brenda Parker &
The Family of Howard Yow

I deeply regret I was out of town and unable to attend the Memorial Service for your Uncle Howard.

Your Uncle Howard was truly a wonderful man with many, many talents. I first met him after marrying his Cousin, Don Osborne. Don often spoke of his Cousin Howard and his many accomplishments.

My opportunity to get to know your Uncle Howard was during the years he and your Aunt Lalah attended Centre Friends Meeting. Don was serving as Centre's Minister at that time. Your Uncle Howard was always encouraging and very inspiring.

His life touched and blessed so many -- what a legacy he leaves us!

Jenny Yow Chism

May 23, 2013

Wish my brother Dirk and I could be there to join the cousins in the celebration of your life, Uncle Howard

Brenda parker

May 23, 2013

"Be good to yourself" was Uncle Howard's standard parting line after every visit. He was a sweet man who listened and led by Christian example, who noticed people, really noticed people, and encouraged children to follow their dreams. A Quaker minister, he was not above being a typical uncle and joyfully teaching his horrified sibling's children to sing the lyrics of "At the Bar, At the Bar, Where I Smoked my First Cigar!", all the while smiling mischievously.He always had a yearning to see everything, go everywhere, do everything and to always be creative. He spiced up his Sunday School lessons for church children by patiently teaching his parakeet, Indigi, to sing "Jesus Loves Me". He was a gracious giver and much more difficult, a gracious recipient when that time in his life arrived.

tommy yow jr

May 22, 2013

Thank you Uncle Howard for your inspirational life and thank you for the times I was able to spend with you