Philip Lawrence Howard

Philip Lawrence Howard, 84, of Patterson, passed away Saturday evening, August 27, 2022, at his residence.

Born in Blackshear September 28, 1937, he had lived in Pierce County most of his life.  He worked as a sawmill manager at Seaman Timber Company in Alabama before moving back to Patterson in 2003. He enjoyed being outside and doing as much woodwork as he could. He loved his family dearly and will always be remembered as a good daddy. He was a faithful member of Patterson Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He was a son of the late Jasper Bert and Annie Pauline Altman Howard. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jason Lawrence Howard; a sister and brother-in-law, Jerri and Talmadge Terry; a son-in-law, Michael Patrick Walsh and a nephew, Phillip Jasper Terry.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Wanda Rooks Howard, Patterson; a daughter, Pamela Walsh, Canton; two special children, Trevor and Heather Brown, Patterson; four grandchildren, Matthew Patrick (Mindy) Walsh, John Michael (Allie) Walsh, Addie Brown and Mollie Brown; three great-grandchildren, Colin Patrick Walsh, Aiden Michael Walsh and Bradley William Walsh; a niece, Missy (Randall) Coppolino; a nephew, Greg (Sandra) Terry and several other nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A memorial service for Mr. Howard will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, from the Patterson Baptist Church with the Rev. R.C. James, the Rev. Tracey Rigdon and Greg Terry officiating.

Interment will be in the Laura Chapel Cemetery.

The family kindly requests the following to serve as honorary pallbearers: Matthew Walsh, John Walsh, Trevor Brown, Lynn Harris, Greg Terry, Doys O’Steen, Tommy Brown and Bobby Crews.  They are asked to please meet at the church by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the Patterson Baptist Church, 5770 Main St., Patterson, GA  31557 or to South Georgia Hospice, 1625 Sunset Blvd., Jesup, GA  31545.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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