On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Heaven gained another angel when Craig Anthony Howard passed into eternal rest at the age of 51. Craig was born on Friday, October 17, 1969 to the late Michael Leslie Howard and Patricia Martin Howard (Burden).
He is survived by his twin brother Michael Anthony Howard, Sr.; sisters: Leslie Howard-Watts (Monique), Denetta Howard-Harris (Rodney); brothers: Michael Aaron Howard (Gina), and Kaz McClain (LeAnn).
He leaves to carry on his lineage, 6 children: Chevelle Mitchell, Kishaun Cook (Keke), Ryan Huffman (Shavelle), Soloman Stevens, Octavia Stover, and Aona Striker; 7 grandchildren: Malachi, Jabari, Aniyjah’li, JahZaraa, Ezequias, Aleah, Kiana; and 2 step grandchildren: Annej’ and Clinton Foster Jr. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Craig was preceded in this life by his father, maternal grandparents: Harry Martin, Sr. and Louis Love; paternal grandparents: William Howard and Virginia Howard; aunt, Denis “Peaches” (Howard) Stevens; uncle, Shawn Martin, Sr. and on May 5th, 2021, his aunt Harriet (Martin) Keene joined him on his heavenly journey.
Craig had an infectious smile that would light up the room and boost your spirit. In his youth, Craig loved playing baseball and was an All Star player with the ability to throw 90 mph fastballs from the time he was in little league. He developed a love for fishing on the riverbanks in Brownsville with his Grandpap, Harry, uncle Shawn, and twin brother, Michael.
He became an amateur boxer and proudly taught anyone who was interested in basic boxing skills his 1–2–3 punch. He was skilled in construction work and barbering--transferable skills he used wherever his path took him. Craig had a passion for music, especially classic R&B. He had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, often collaborating with his son and nephew, or having sing-alongs with his family. No matter where he was in life, through good times and bad, he always had family to rely on. He came to understand and accept that with his family, he would always have unconditional love. As such, his motto became, “My Life, My Love, My Loyalty Has Been and Always Will be Family First…May God bare me witness!!!!” In his honor and at his request, we will continue to gather on Sundays and sing his favorite songs. Family First, Always!
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