Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M., with Reverend Raymond Pinard officiating.
Like the Fall sunsets that set over the 18th hole at the Galveston Country Club, Ed Howard slipped quietly and peacefully beyond the horizon of this living realm on December 6th, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 24, 1931, the youngest of three children born in Brownsville, Texas to Myrtle Schneider Howard and Duff Howard. Ed graduated from Brownsville High School in 1950 and went on to attend Southwest Texas University on a Basketball, Football and Track scholarship.
Ed entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 during the Korean Conflict. He completed four years as a Jet Mechanic Instructor. Actually, he spent most of that time traveling and playing on the Air Force basketball and golf teams. Ed entered the University of Texas in 1955 and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree. He met and married his wife, Barbara, the love of his life and partner for more than 60 years.
Ed coached in Barnhart, Texas taking his girls basketball team to the state finals in 1959. He also coached in Menard, Texas before moving to Galveston in 1960 to coach at Stephen F. Austin Junior High. In 1969 he began teaching at Ball High School as a Vocational Coordinator. During this time he coached the golf team and taught driver's education. After giving 30 years to the youth of Galveston he retired in 1987. He always enjoyed seeing his former students and hearing of their successes.
Ed developed a deep love for Mexico after driving a yellow school bus with 27 Ball High Spanish Honor Society students through a tour of Mexico. The following year he returned to buy property and build a vacation home for his family in El Naranjo. The family will cherish all the memories of spending their entire summer and winter vacations at that home, lovingly called, “Ed's House” for over 25 years.
He was an avid golfer and won many tournaments during his golf career. He was the Galveston County Champion in 1968 and 1969. He also won the President's Cup with his son, Gregg at the Galveston Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf with his children and often joked that he could outscore them with a driver, a five iron and a putter, and he often did. He would tell his kids to “Hit them straight”, which meant to always do the right thing, don't veer off course. Ed loved to travel and fish. You could often find him watching sports, especially his beloved Texas Longhorns.
He is survived by his wife Barbara; sons Edward, Jr., Brad and Debi, Randal and Jackie, Gregg and Lia; his daughter Carrie and Richard Chopra; grandchildren, Mitchel Howard, Will Howard, Austin Chopra, Lauren Chopra, Michael Howard, Jourdan Howard, Megan Chopra and Matthew Howard.
Other survivors include his brother RD Howard and Joyce; sister Jean and Bill Sheets and numerous nieces, nephews and many, many friends.
The family would like to thank Tamara and Josie for the loving care they provided during his long illness.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M., with Reverend Raymond Pinard officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to: Meals on Wheels, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston, TX 77551 or Hallmark Hospice, 1325 Space Park Drive, Houston, TX 77058.
His legacy lives on as he was true to the game.