Paul Donald Howard

Born on May 16, 1929

Departed on July 17, 2013 and resided in West Nashville, TN

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HOWARD, Paul Donald "Don" – Born May 16, 1929, received in the arms of Jesus July 17, 2013. He taught the Men's Bible Class at St. John's United Methodist Church for over 50 years; he was a faithful member of the choir, active on the board, and participated many years raising funds for Big Brothers. Most recently he worked with St. John's outreach ministry feeding the homeless. He was a member of the Ford Retired Golf Association and enjoyed friendships in both church and sports. Don served the West Nashville area as the owner/manager of West Side Auto Parts for 46 years. His store and red pickup truck were familiar sights on Charlotte Pike. He had a big Tom's snack jar on the counter and every now and then he would let you stick your arm down in it and get peanuts and crackers. On a good day he'd open the coke machine and give you a really cold coke. Don was married 65 years and is survived by his loving wife Betty; two daughters, Sandra David Wood and Libby Roger Hampton; 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren; and 2 cats. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sanford Wesley Howard and Bessie French Howard, 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. The funeral service will be on Saturday, July 19th at 11am, at the St. John's United Methodist Church, 6300 Charlotte Avenue with Tony Lain officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the St. John's UMC. The family would like to acknowledge the care and support of Dr. Craig Sussman and Dr. Howard Kershner. Visitation will be on Friday from 3-8pm at the funeral home and on Saturday from 10:30am until the service at the church.

3 Comments to Paul Donald Howard

  1. Anita Boyd
    July 18, 2013 12:00 am

    I will always treasure the wonderful memories of knowing Don at church. He was truly a Christian gentleman. One memory is of him answering to the question “How are you?” with a smile and his answer of “Better than I deserve.”. I know that now he is with our dear Lord and is enjoying what he deserves. RIP Don.

  2. Christina Kretchik
    July 20, 2013 12:00 am

    Don always reminded me of my mother’s father. I probably should have called him Mr. Howard, but we were never formal like that. He always had a bright smile and a warm hug for me on Sunday mornings. He was a great encourager. I have so many memories of him on Sunday mornings in the choir and helping with church events. He was a joyful servant of God – the kind of person many of us strive to be. I remember in later years after the benediction, he closed the service by saying, “And all God’s people said:” And we would all respond with “Amen.” Now he is in heaven. We miss him. And we will see him again. Amen.

  3. Terry Canfield
    August 15, 2013 12:00 am

    Don always stood in for my Dad while my girls and I were in Nashville – AJ, Beth and I are so sad to hear of his passing, but so blessed to have had him in our lives. He gave some of the best hugs ever, and was one of the reasons that St. Johns is known as such a loving church. I know he will be missed, but I also know he is beaming with the joy of being with his Jesus! God bless you, Don, and thank you for all the love you gave us.