Ivory James Howard, 88, Bethlehem Steel welder

July 23, 2003

Ivory James Howard, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. welder and longtime Cherry Hill resident, died of pneumonia Thursday at Harbor Hospital. He was 88 and had lived in Cherry Hill for 60 years.

Mr. Howard was born and raised in Danville, Va., and moved to Baltimore in 1943 to work at Bethlehem's Key Highway shipyard as a welder. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Howard was a member of First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill, and active in its Senior Guild.

He was an avid collector of jazz recordings and compact discs, particularly those of jazz organist Jimmy Smith. He also enjoyed traveling.

Mr. Howard was married for 25 years to the former Mazie Williams, who died in 1978. Since 1993, he had been married to the former Amelia Weems, who survives him.

Services were held Monday.

He also is survived by three sons, Phillip W. Howard of Glen Burnie, Cornelius Howard of Towson and Maurice Howard of Tampa, Fla.; five daughters, Jessie Johnson of Pasadena, Geraldine McCullers of Glen Burnie, Carolyn Hicks of Middle River, Mardeen Edmundson of Cherry Hill and Wanda Green of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Benjamin Howard of Philadelphia; a sister, Elizabeth Martin of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 25 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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