Minnie Taylor Howard, of Raleigh, NC departed this life on Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Funeral Service: 12:00 PM, Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Paul AME, 402 W. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC.
Visitation: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, preceding the funeral service at the church.
Interment: Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
Survivors: Son, Searcy Howard (Dorothy) of Raleigh, NC; Sister, Carole Clarke (Fernando) of Brooklyn, NY; Brother, Joseph Louis Sanders Taylor of Elizabeth City, NC; 5 Grandchildren and a host of nieces & nephews.
Lea Funeral Home Chapel
Thursday April 20th, 2017
12:00pm - 8:00pm
2500 Poole Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
St. Paul AME Church
Friday April 21st, 2017
11:30am - 12:00pm
402 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
St. Paul AME Church
Friday April 21st, 2017
402 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Raleigh Memorial Park
Friday April 21st, 2017
7501 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
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We can look forward to the day when there will be no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:4 says: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Isaiah 33:24; 1 Corinthians 15:26) jw.org
Submitted by Rachel Morton on Jun 29 2017 09:45:54 AM
Condolences to the family. May she Rest in Peace until her ressurrection.
Your former 2nd grade student
Submitted by Reggie on May 1 2017 12:42:33 PM
Acts 24:15 assures us the "there is going to be a resurrection," John 5:28-29 speaks about "the hour coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out. The Bible is the source of all comfort, it offers a real hope of being reunited with our loved ones. God has resurrected humans in the past and he's going to do it again. The Bible reports 8 instances of humans who were brought back to life on Earth, God is going to undo death by means of the resurrection. Psalm 37:29 tells us that "the righteous will reside the Earth and they will Live Forever on it." What a wonderful blessing we have to look forward to, not only will we be reunited with all our loved ones sleeping in death, but we will have forever to spend with them. God (Psalm 83:18) also promises that we will never get sick, grow old and die Isiah 33:24; 25:8 and Revelation 21:4 I hope this brings you comfort in knowing that one day soon you will embrace her once again. I am sorry for your loss and please accept my sincere condolences.
Submitted by Rita on Apr 30 2017 12:02:40 PM
Sorry for your loss, I send my condolences to your family. This is a trying time and it seems as if the darkness will never end. Below I have attached a link with some encouraging information that someone shared with me based on the bible that shed some light during time of loss and brought hope.
Submitted by JW on Apr 25 2017 10:40:51 PM
“Lazarus, Come On Out!”
It was a touching scene. Lazarus was gravely ill. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus, who was across the Jordan River: “Lord, see! the one for whom you have affection is sick.” (John 11:3) They knew that Jesus loved Lazarus. Would not Jesus want to see his sick friend? Curiously, instead of going to Bethany immediately, Jesus stayed where he was for the next two days.—John 11:5, 6.
Lazarus died some time after the message about his sickness was sent. Jesus knew when Lazarus died, and he intended to do something about it. By the time Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, his dear friend had been dead four days. (John 11:17, 39) Could Jesus bring back to life someone who had been dead that long?
On hearing that Jesus was coming, Martha, a woman of action, ran out to meet him. (Compare Luke 10:38-42.) Touched by her sorrow, Jesus assured her: “Your brother will rise.” When she indicated her faith in a future resurrection, Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.”—John 11:20-25.
Upon arriving at the tomb, Jesus directed that the stone closing its entrance be taken away. Then, after praying aloud, he commanded: “Lazarus, come on out!”—John 11:38-43.
All eyes were fixed on the tomb. Then, out of the darkness, a figure emerged. His feet and hands were bound with wrappings, and his face was bound with a cloth. “Loose him and let him go,” ordered Jesus. The last of the unraveled bandages fell to the ground. Yes, it was Lazarus, the man who had been dead four days!—John 11:44
‘God Will Have a Yearning’
The response of Jesus to Lazarus’ death reveals a very tender side of the Son of God. His deep feelings on this occasion clearly indicate his intense desire to resurrect the dead. We read: “Mary, when she arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, fell at his feet, saying to him: ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping and the Jews that came with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and became troubled; and he said: ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him: ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus gave way to tears. Therefore the Jews began to say: ‘See, what affection he used to have for him!’”—John 11:32-36.
Jesus’ heartfelt compassion is here indicated by three expressions: “groaned,” “became troubled,” and “gave way to tears.” The original-language words used in recording this touching scene indicate that Jesus was so deeply moved by the death of his dear friend Lazarus and the sight of Lazarus’ sister weeping that His eyes brimmed over with tears.
What is so remarkable is that Jesus had previously brought two others back to life. And he fully intended to do the same with Lazarus. (John 11:11, 23, 25) Yet, he “gave way to tears.” Restoring humans to life, then, is not a mere procedure for Jesus. His tender and deep feelings as manifested on this occasion clearly indicate his intense desire to undo the ravages of death.
Since Jesus is ‘the exact representation of Jehovah God’s very being,’ we rightly expect no less of our heavenly Father. (Hebrews 1:3) Of Jehovah’s own willingness to perform the resurrection, the faithful man Job said: “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? . . . You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.” (Job 14:14, 15) Here the original-language word that is rendered “you will have a yearning” denotes God’s earnest longing and desire. (Genesis 31:30; Psalm 84:2) Clearly, Jehovah must keenly anticipate the resurrection.
Can we really believe the resurrection promise? Yes, there is no doubt that Jehovah and his Son are both willing and able to fulfill it. What does this mean for you? You have the prospect of being reunited with dead loved ones right here on earth but under very different conditions!
Jehovah God, who started mankind off in a lovely garden, has promised to restore Paradise on this earth under the rule of His heavenly Kingdom in the hands of the now glorified Jesus Christ. (Genesis 2:7-9; Matthew 6:10; Luke 23:42, 43) In that restored Paradise, the human family will have the prospect of enjoying life without end, free from all sickness and disease. (Revelation 21:1-4; compare Job 33:25; Isaiah 35:5-7.) Gone, too, will be all hatred, racial prejudice, ethnic violence, and economic oppression. It will be into such a cleansed earth that Jehovah God through Jesus Christ will resurrect the dead.
Questions to Ponder
When his friend Lazarus died, how did Jesus demonstrate that He is both willing and able to perform the resurrection?
How does the account in John chapter 11 reveal Jesus’ intense desire to undo the ravages of death?
What shows that Jehovah God keenly anticipates the resurrection?
Texts That Comfort
Time and again, in explaining how they have coped with their grief, faithful Christians have said: “Let me tell you my favorite Bible text.” If you are grieving, maybe some of these scriptures will also help you.
“Blessed be . . . the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation.”—2 Corinthians 1:3, 4.
“You are opening your hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing.”—Psalm 145:16.
“He [God] has set a day in which he purposes to judge the inhabited earth in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and he has furnished a guarantee to all men in that he has resurrected him from the dead.”—Acts 17:31.
“I—I myself am the One that is comforting you people.”—Isaiah 51:12.
“Like a man whom his own mother keeps comforting, so I myself shall keep comforting you people.”—Isaiah 66:13.
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for your own saying has preserved me alive. I have remembered your judicial decisions from time indefinite, O Jehovah, and I find comfort for myself. May your loving-kindness serve, please, to comfort me, according to your saying to your servant.”—Psalm 119:50, 52, 76.
“The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life here on earth.”—John 5:28, 29; Ps 37:11,29. I would love to give you and the family more comfort. Here's my email firstname.lastname@example.org and my text 919-561-8472. Email or text me or both as much as you like so you can get the comfort you need.
Submitted by Debbie on Apr 24 2017 04:20:59 PM
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Chie lit a candle on Apr 21 2017 06:56:15 AM
Dear Searcy, Dorothy, Carole and Uncle Joe,
Mrs. Howard was not only the very Best elementary school teacher that I ever had, she was also a wonderful neighbor and role model to young women all over this city. She was genuinely admired, an inspiration for Christian living and the epitome of kindness and grace. I truly loved and valued her! My sincere condolences to you for your loss.
Chie M. Handy
Submitted by Chie M. Handy on Apr 21 2017 06:55:43 AM
With Heartfelt Sympathy to the Howard Family,
May you rely on the God of all comfort to help you to endure the days ahead. "God is our refuge and strength". (Psalms 46:1).
Submitted by The Duncan's on Apr 20 2017 09:16:37 PM
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