Hattie Geneva Howard, age 93, Four Oaks Nursing Home, Jonesborough, Tennessee entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Ms. Howard was a graduate of Langston High School, Johnson City, TN where she was a good academic student. She played basketball and was a majorette in the School’s Marching Band.
During World War II, Ms. Howard responded to the need for individuals to serve in the US military. She did so by volunteering for military service with the US Women’s Army Corps (WAC) on February 24, 1943. During her service she earned the American Theater Campaign Medal and a Good Conduct Metal. She achieved the rank of Technician Fifth Grade while working as a Medical Supply Clerk.
Overall, she was a dedicated and diligent worker, having served for two years and two months faithfully and honorably during her tour of duty. She received an Honorable Discharge from the Army on November 1, 1945. After serving in the military, she attended and graduated from Knoxville College.
At the time of her service, she had four brothers who were also serving in the military. They included Alderson Zeno Howard who was an air corps cadet at Tuskegee Air Base in Tuskegee, Alabama; Clarence Burton Howard, First Sergeant, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; First Sergeant Thomas Henry Howard, a graduate of A & I State College, Nashville, Tennessee; and Charles Kyle Howard, Private First Class.
“Neete” as she was affectionately known by family and friends was a very loving, generous and caring person. She loved her many nieces and nephews, frequently giving them small gifts of money and encouraging them to read books. As a very affectionate person, she often greeted them with big hugs and kisses. In addition, during her mother’s “senior years,” Neete devoted much time to her care and wellbeing. Throughout Neete’s life, she always worked to serve others in times of need, be it her family or her country.
She was a member of Jonesborough AME Zion Church. Neete was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Thomas Henry Howard, II, her mother Hattie Lyons Howard Walker, stepfather, Lewis Walker, sister Christine Nitura, and six brothers, Thomas Henry Howard III, Clarence Howard, John D. Howard, A. Z. Howard, Kyle Howard and Lester A. Howard.
Neete is survived by her sister in-law, Hasseltine Young Howard (Lester); cousin Alma Lyons Brown and husband, Montreal Brown; Jonesborough, TN; and, many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30am Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Birchette Mortuary Chapel Of Love, 219 E. Millard St., Johnson City, TN. Rev. Vincent Dial will Preside. The family will receive friends from 10:30am-11:30am prior to the service. Burial will be held at the VA National Cemetery in Johnson City following the service.
Professional Services provided by Birchette Mortuary Inc., 219 E. Millard St. Johnson City, TN. 423-926-6013. www.birchettemortuary.com