The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Faith Memorial C.M.E. Church, Brooks Road, Ideal, Georgia. Interment will follow at the Hopewell Independent Church Cemetery, Brooks Mill Road, Rupert, Macon County, Georgia.
Vannie Howard was born August 31, 1926, along with her twin sister, Fannie, who died as an infant, to the late Joe and Fannie Fishe Howard. She is the last of fourteen children. She was preceded in death by all of her siblings.
Vannie attended Macon County School and went on to graduate from Fort Valley State College. She retired from the Macon County School System as a Teacher. She was never married or had children, but she was a mother and friend to many. Ms. Howard was an educator, entrepreneur and humanitarian.
She loved and served her fellowman doing what God called her to do. At an early age, she accepted Christ and joined the Pinehill C.M.E. Church, later consolidated with Felton Chapel C.M.E. and the name was changed to Faith Memorial C.M.E. Vannie was an active and faithful member until her health failed. She served as Superintendent of the Sunday School and was an inspiration to many children attending. Ms. Howard was a City Council member for 15 years for the City of Ideal. She was Mayor of the City of Ideal, Georgia and a woman of great integrity and strong will.
She leaves to cherish her memories: four nephews, Raymond Duncan, Ernest Howard (Polly) Charlie Howard, Jr., Leonard Byse; nine nieces, Fannie Jewel Grant just like a daughter, Mary Nell Tookes, Pearlie Mae Williams, Bessie Nelson (J.C.), Oris Duncan, Tina Marshall (Charlie Jr.), Melissa Joiner, Regina Joiner and Rosa Joiner; one sister-in-law, Ruthie Mae Howard; special friends and nieces, Betty Duncan, Shirley Byse, Eve Duncan, and Pearl Byse; and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.