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Ralph Strong Howard, III (Peb) passed away on August 28, 2017 after a period of failing health. He was born February 18, 1931 in Spartanburg, SC and was the eldest child of the late Ralph S. Howard, Jr. and Amye Sloan Howard.
Peb graduated from Albany High School in 1949 and from Clemson University in 1953. After graduation from Clemson, he joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant in 1955. After his army service, Peb worked for S.P. Richards Paper Company in Atlanta for 30 years. Upon retirement, he worked for FEMA for 10 years responding during declared national emergencies.
Peb enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing and playing golf and tennis, and cheering on his Clemson Tigers. He was an avid runner and participated in several Peachtree Road Races.
Peb is survived by his wife, Liz, and his four children, Katharine (Kitty) Lambert (John) of Newnan, Emily Suhr (Hugh) of Decatur, David Howard (Sherry) of Peru, Kansas and Richard Howard (Doreen) of Bristol, VA. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren all of whom were is his pride and joy. Peb is also survived by his sister, Daisy Gatewood of Montezuma, Ga and his two brothers, Jack Howard (Nancy) of Thomasville, GA and Hoke Howard (Linda) of Athens, GA and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Flint Riverkeeper, 211 N. Jefferson St., Suite 8, Albany, GA 31701.
Published on August 31, 2017
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