One of Liberia’s erudite (knowledgeable) sons, Joseph Cephas Nathaniel Howard, Jr. has been laid to rest, after an accomplished life of service to God, family and country.
JCN Howard, as he was commonly called, died on June 1, 2018 after a period of protracted illness.
According to the Republic of Liberia Official Gazette, read during his funeral, JCN Howard, Jr. was born on August 10, 1951 onto the union of JCN Howard, Sr. and Mary Etmonia Williams Howard in Monrovia. Howard, Jr. became a financial expert who served the National Bank of Liberia (now Central Bank of Liberia, CBL) as executive finance expert trainer and examiner. He also held the post of deputy director for the micro financial inclusion unit at CBL.
In other occupations, the late JCN Howard was project manager for the Liberia Development Corporation and deputy director and later director of the National Authorizing Office (now part of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning).
He also held the positions of Chairman, Paynesville City Council and Mayor, Paynesville City Corporation (PCC).
Growing up as a child, he received a sound tutelage from his mother and later taken to a demonstration school for beginner academic education. Having done well, particularly so to the admiration of his mentors and instructor, he received a call to travel to England, Great Britain for the continuation of his grade school education.
While in England, Howard enrolled at the King’s School where he also performed exceptionally well. He later came back to Monrovia and enrolled at St. Patrick High School, however, to complete his high school education.
The scholar, having tasted the worthiness of continuous education, matriculated to the University of Liberia and after years of hard study earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc.) in Economics in 1971. Howard went to the United States of America and enrolled at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and earned an MBA in 1974.
He received his Deacon’s ordination in the Baptist Church, and a plethora of honors poured on him by the Effort Baptist Church, Paynesville, in successive years until his demise. The Deacon was honored as father of the year countless times and he served as president of the men’s department of the Church, as well as an advisor to several auxiliary committees of the Church and other agencies and institutions he served.
As per his free will and choice he became a member of the Masonic ancient free and accepted Masonry and a member of Odd Fellows.
Tennis and swimming were his favorite sports as he played each to the peak of his life. He did not only play tennis well but offered his coaching expertise in the game for a number of emerging teams of the game. He was a long standing member of Liberia Lawn Tennis Federation.
As the City Mayor of Paynesville from 2007 to 2009, Howard set up a financial system which brought to an end the physical exchange of hands on budget and other funds for operations for the first time in the history of the City Corporation. He ensured that banking system took center stage in the utilization of the City Corporation’s money until his retirement in 2016.
On July 20, 1995 he married Audrey Cox in Rockville, Maryland, United States. He is predeceased by his both parents and his siblings who include Joseph Williams, Lawrence Cephas and Mrs. Rebecca Howard-Anderson. He leaves to mourn his widow, Audrey Cox Howard, his six children, Chloe-Mai Howard, Nadalene-Alliette-Mai Howard, Jatoe C.N. Howard, Ashley-Mai Blessing Howard, JCN Howard, III and John Wesley Howard.
His three grand-children include Noah Savage, Natalee Morten and Morgan Morten, while sisters and brothers include Louise Howard Philips, James E. Howard and John Wesley Howard, as well as many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives in Liberia and abroad.