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Joshua  Devante Howard

Joshua Devante Howard
  • August 29, 1995 - July 3, 2014
  • Council, North Carolina

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“My Prayers go up and to your family another classmate gone but never forgotten ”
1 of 42 | Posted by: Jonesha lacewell - Elizabethtown, NC

“I am so sorry for you loss, I am praying for the family. ”
2 of 42 | Posted by: Sharon - wilmington, NC

“Howard I'm really going to miss you. We hung out almost everyday. You left me here all alone. Nobody to call on now. I know I'll never find another...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Keondra Capers - Norfolk, VA

“I was given a gift from heaven on August 29th 1995..I & my mother Cynthia Layton named him Joshua. We truly believed that just like Joshua in the...Read More »
4 of 42 | Posted by: Amanda Elizabeth Bell - bethtown, NC

“My expressions when I first found out is still exactly the same as it is now.. I can't believe it.. You were the proudest EN I still have yet to have...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Huynh, Thanh - Lawrence, MA

“He was a good person that was taken to early. Me and him spent endless days together. We butted heads a few times but still were friends very tragic...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Victor Gatjens - Chicago, IL

“Rest in peace howard. You was more than a friend and shipmate, you was like a little brother to me. Its sad to say that your not physically here with...Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Verquez Austin - norfolk, VA

“Josh, it was at the USS Farragut in great lakes where I first met you. When I found out I was being stationed to the Ford, I immediately went to...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: DCFA Chicarella, Alessandro - VA

“We will miss Josh very much, he was a kind and gentle friend who always wore a smile whenever he would visit us at the shop! Our condolences to Josh...Read More »
9 of 42 | Posted by: madelene vitug - norfolk, VA

“Our condolences to Josh's family. Josh was a kind and sincere young man and he will be greatly missed! -Low Low Sound Team (Norfolk, VA) ”
10 of 42 | Posted by: madelene vitug - norfolk, VA

“Howard...ima miss u man..my friend., my twin, my shipmate..gone but never forgotten ”
11 of 42 | Posted by: tevin Wilson - norfolk, VA

“May the God of all comfort grant you peace at this time. ”
12 of 42 | Posted by: A friend

“Joshua was a very smart,handsome and friendly young guy,but God was missing an angle and called him home, he will be watching over his lovely friends...Read More »
13 of 42 | Posted by: Briondrea Washington - NC

“We are sorry for your loss. Josh was a great person. He will live on in our memories forever. We send our love from our family to yours. ”
14 of 42 | Posted by: Sharease and Derek Brown - NC

“ENFN Joshua Howard will be sorely missed at GERALD R. FORD. From the moment I met him, I was truly impressed. He joined the Navy for all of the right...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: CAPT John F. Meier - Newport News, VA

“ENFN Joshua Howard will be sorely missed at GERALD R. FORD. From the moment I met him, I was impressed. He joined teh Navy for all of teh right...Read More »
16 of 42 | Posted by: CAPT John F. Meier - Newport News, VA

“I didn't know Josh real well but every time I saw him he would speak and he was a very sweet boy. Aiden and Camrin thought a lot of him and he will...Read More »
17 of 42 | Posted by: Allison long - Harrells, NC

“I am so sad to hear of this news, Josh was such a sweet young man. Always met me with a smile and hug. I will surely keep all of you in my prayers. ”
18 of 42 | Posted by: Niki Dennis - Elizabethtown, NC

“Sending love and prayers your way, Paul. ”
19 of 42 | Posted by: Kaye Bledsoe - Elizabethtown, NC

“So sorry for your loss, such a handsome young man. I remember Laura bringing him by our house in Elizabethtown for trick or treat, he was the cutest...Read More »
20 of 42 | Posted by: Anita Halcomb - Huntersville, NC

“I remember Joshua as little boy and his Grandpa Paul would bring him by the office for a visit. I enjoyed your big heart and wonderful personality....Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: De Scott - Elizabethown, NC

“MY CONDOLENCES TO THE HOWARD FAMILY. JOSHUA WAS A VERY FRIENDLY, KIND GENTLEMAN WHO I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING AND TALKING TO ON A COUPLE OF...Read More »
22 of 42 | Posted by: DCC MICHAEL LEWIS - SUFFOLK, VA

“My deepest condolences to the family and friends of this fine Sailor. ENFN Howard was always a bright face and dedicated Navy Sailor, and he will be...Read More »
23 of 42 | Posted by: CAPTAIN Jason Lloyd - Chesapeake, VA

“My sincerest condolences to the entire family of this exemplary United States Navy Sailor. I truly understand how and why he touched the lives of so...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: ENC Christopher Bramlett - VA

“Sending love and prayers to the entire family during such a time as this. I remember Joshua as he would attend Mt. Zion (Elizabethtown) along with...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Donald Rush - Elizabethtown, NC

“Joshua was a motivated young man and a very determined person. I will miss his smile and liveliness that he had. You will truly be missed. ”
26 of 42 | Posted by: Bregitte Bryant - Elizabethtown, Marshall Islands

“I taught Josh when he was at West Bladen. I loved to hear him play the cadence with the band. We talked about his family, especially his grandmother,...Read More »
27 of 42 | Posted by: Gaye Davis

“I am heart broken to hear of Joshua's passing. He was such a fine young man! Even when he was in my class in Kindergarten he had great dreams! My...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Noel Edge Dennis - Clarkton, NC

“I am truly sorry Amanda to hear this news about Josh. I am praying for the family. ”
29 of 42 | Posted by: Alberta Lewis - elizabethtown, NC

“We (Aaliyah Thurman, Ayanna Avery & Adonis Avery) will always remember all the great times had w/u an ur sister Cheyenne on Brisson Ave. U will...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: melissa murchison - elizabethtown, NC

“Amanda, I am so sorry for your lost. May God keep you and your family during this time of need. ”
31 of 42 | Posted by: Althea Mckoy

“My prayers go out to the family and friends that knew this fine Navy sailor. For the brief time that I have had the pleasure of known this sailor,...Read More »
32 of 42 | Posted by: MMCS HUTCHINSON, MIGUEL - VA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joshua. My condolences go out to the family.I am a friend of the family from Mt. Zion AME Zion Chruch. ”
33 of 42 | Posted by: Rev. Andrea McDowell

“I taught Josh while he was a student at West Bladen. He never hesitated to speak his mind, and while this did not make everyone happy, he would not...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Lara Barber - Chadbourn, NC

“I am deeply sorry to hear of this loss for you and your family. Joshua's goal was to serve his country and I am so proud that he reached his...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Tiffany Nichols - Whiteville, NC

“Prayers to all of the family for their loss. God has another special angel in heaven. ”
36 of 42 | Posted by: Michele Bottorff - Mount Airy, NC

“Josh was a great classmate and an even better friend he always lit up the room when he walked in... the beat of his drum will forever live on... ”
37 of 42 | Posted by: Tianna Graham - Raleigh, NC

“So sorry for your loss! We only knew Joshua through the fond stories told by his proud grandfather, Dr. Rev. Paul Layton. Our thoughts & prayers...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Mark and Janet Hosey - Ivanhoe, NC

“The congregation of Black River Presbyterian Church saw Josh grow up. God has called a special person home. Our prayers to the family. ”
39 of 42 | Posted by: Jim and Annie Burns Clawson - NC

“What a nice young man God has taken to heaven. ”
40 of 42 | Posted by: Dean & Carol Ann Johnson - NC

“Sorry to here of your loss. He was a special young man.D ”
41 of 42 | Posted by: pat kinlaw - Elizabethtown, NC

“We saw Josh grow up at Black River Presbyterian Church. God has taken a special person home. We will miss him and pray for you all. ”
42 of 42 | Posted by: Annie Clawson - Ivanhoe, NC


EPOF Joshua Devante Howard, 18, of Newport News, Va. was a gift from God on August 29, 1995 born to his parents Amanda Bell-White of Elizabethtown, N.C. and Ernest Howard of Cincinatti, OH and was very loved by all his family. He passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Joshua brought joy to the lives of his grandparents, Paul Layton and the late Cynthia Layton of Council, NC in whose home he was raised, & Schuyler Bell & wife Elaine of Lancaster, SC. Joshua was an Eagle Scout, loved baseball, music, and was an honor student. He never met a stranger.

He graduated from East Bladen High School in 2013 and went on to join the Navy, following in the footsteps of his "Pa Perry" and was stationed in Newport News, Virginia. He touched the hearts of many with his smile, giving heart, determination, and perseverance against all odds.

Joshua is survived by his mother, Amanda Bell & Stepfather, Leon White (Daddy), both of Elizabethtown, NC, Father, Ernest Howard of Cincinatti, OH., Sister; Cheyenne Daniels of Elizabethtown, NC, Grandparents; Paul Layton and the late Cynthia Layton of Council, NC, Ava Lee & Ronnie Howard of Dodge City, KS Great Grandparents; Perry Robertson & the late Betty Robertson of Mt. Airy, NC, & the late Clarence & Alice Pearl Layton of Elizabethtown, NC, Aunts and Uncles; Lara & Theodore Johnson of White Lake, NC, Allison & Bobby Hardin of Myrtle Beach, SC, Johnathan Layton & family of Clinton, NC, Jason & Kimberly Layton & family of Raleigh, NC, A very special great aunt and uncle; Sheree & Steve Barnard of Mt Airy, NC, Cousins; Zachary and Brooke Johnson of White Lake, NC, Chad & Amanda Barnard & family of Mt. Airy, NC, Justin & Tabitha Barnard & family of Mt. Airy, NC, and his "adopted" family, the "Maultsbys" of Elizabethtown, NC and lots of special family & friends. He will truly be missed by all.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday, July 7, 2014 at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church in Council, NC at 2 pm followed by a burial in the church cemetery. At other times, the family will gather at the home of Lara Bell Johnson, 59 Monmouth Dr.( inside Waterford), White Lake, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.