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Dr. Leroy Joseph Howard

April 13, 1941 - January 25, 2023
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St. Mary's Catholic Church
111 Hampton Ave.
Greenville, SC 29601
Wednesday 2/1, 12:00 pm

Leroy Joseph Howard, MD, his earthly journey complete, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 25, 2023. Simultaneously, his spirit proceeded to its Heavenly Father in great anticipation of earning its eternal reward. Dr. Howard was born on Easter Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina to the late Edward Joseph Howard and Josephine NasserContinue Reading

Peter J Ashy and family left a message on February 11, 2023:
With loving memory, may you be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Andrew Price left a message on February 1, 2023:
I am shocked and very sorry to hear of Leroy's passing. Dr. Howard cared for my entire family for decades and truly became a good family friend. I was having some eye problems shortly after he had retired, and I remember he told me to meet him over at his old office. He actually reopened the office that day just to give me an eye exam himself. I was really touched by that gesture, which really showed how he cared for others. I live out of state now, and I had talked to Leroy on the phone only a few months back; we had discussed getting lunch together the next time I was in Greenville. I'm truly sad that I will never have that opportunity now. I hope his family is comforted in this time of loss by knowing how many lives Leroy positively touched during his time on Earth.
Sandra Harris left a message on February 1, 2023:
Dear Marie, I am sorry to hear of Dr Howard’s passing. I was privileged to work with him. He was a dear man. My favorite memory was a picture in his office… a golfer standing at the tree…hitting his head against the tree …. “Frustrated “. Although we all get frustrated in life whether it be with patients or golf or everyday life. He always was calm, cool and collected. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family for the coming days. I also know he loved you and those grandchildren.
Bryan Francis Hickey left a message on February 1, 2023:
Dear Sweet Marie, Arden, Bryant, Mary Helen, Aaron, Billy, Jimmy, Frank, Davis and Joseph, Watching your caring love of Leroy through his last days here is a beautiful, lifetime memory. What a special gift of life was Leroy Howard, M.D., a magical man who could not only help us see, but who could envision the most important aspects of life which one can see only in his heart—as guided by Jesus. He carried forward his St. Mary’s grade school and Citadel training to develop his exceptional God-given skills and love of others throughout his giving life. He lived the powerful Lebanese values of faith, and love of family and country(ies). By his extraordinary ability to see the visible and invisible, he taught us volumes. Tony’s beautiful tribute above is perfect evidence of Leroy’s life so well-lived. Above all, he realized the beauty of the gift of life and soul. Leroy’s daily jokes and smiles, and his beautiful, loving and laughing wife Marie and all the kids and grandkids and loving Howard/Brewer families are a powerful picture we can all forever treasure. Because of his humility, perhaps we cannot see the full impact of this child of God on us, but we know that from his St. Mary’s grade school days to his quiet last breath, he worked tirelessly to help his patients, his mom, his wife and family-- all around him. He blessed us by his actions. Requiescat in pace our dear, beloved friend, Diane and Bryan Hickey
Melanie nasser left a message on January 31, 2023:
Dear Cousin Marie, My deepest condolences on the passing of Cousin Leroy. He was an incredible man and will be missed very much. I’m so sorry I’m unable to make it down to pay my respects but know that everyone is in my thoughts/prayers at this time. I’ve been reminiscing childhood memories spent with him and Aunt Jo and smile fondly each time I think of them. I know he and Aunt Jo are together now and are smiling down on everyone. Wishing you and your family strength during this tough time but I know that he and Aunt Jo are there in spirit. Sending all of my love. Love, Melanie Nasser
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Lee Ozzimo left a message on January 31, 2023:
So sorry to hear of Dr Howard’s passing. We were patients of his wonderful and caring ophthalmology practice. My late husband, Gerry, had bowled with Leroy many years ago. My condolences to all.
Charlie and Perrin Kreidler left a message on January 31, 2023:
Dearest Marie, Charlie and I send our love and condolences to you and your family. My history with his medical practice began when he arrived in Greer in the early 1970’s. I was in college, and Dr. Lewis Davis recommended Leroy as our family ophthalmologist. My parents were devoted patients for the rest of their lives, and Charlie and I were under his care until he retired. We will always admire his high standards, skill, and kind demeanor. When we last lived in Greenville several years ago, Charlie was so happy to meet up with him on the walking path! We were both very glad for the happiness the two of you shared. We’ll be thinking of you during these tender days; and we’ll always remember this wonderful man. With love, Perrin
John Michael Heberger left a message on January 29, 2023:
I was a patient of Dr. Howard for several decades until he retired. He always gave very thorough examinations and quality care. He really cared about me as his patient. I was very fortunate to have such an excellent ophthalmologist to care for me all those years!
Jan Reiter left a message on January 29, 2023:
I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. Howard. He was my eye Dr. until his retirement. He was also a good friend. I took care of his mother until her death. Jan Reiter
Ronald J Rossi, Sr. left a message on January 29, 2023:
Marie and the Howard Family: With the passing of Dr. Leroy, we have lost an Outstanding Ophthalmologist and a Magnificent Human Being. My late wife, Patricia and I, have been patients with him for over 40 years until his retirement. It was always a pleasure to see and speak with him at St. Rafka after Mass. May his Soul Rest in Peace. God Bless.
Ondra Blackwell Hall left a message on January 29, 2023:
In memory of Dr. Leroy Joseph Howard, Ondra Blackwell Hall lit a candle
Claudette, Andrew, Eli, Aidan & Cooper Miller left a message on January 28, 2023:
We are so sorry for your loss❤️??❤️
Mike anders left a message on January 27, 2023:
He was a very nice guy.. he made my aunt very happy. Was a very good grandfather. He will be dearly missed....
Anna and Richard Butler left a message on January 27, 2023:
Marie: You and Doc have been like family to our family. Doc took care of my Mom (Edmund and Gene's aunt) for many, many years. He was always so kind and understanding knowing she could not communicate very well. After she passed we would see you both at the Woo/Chow fests. You both have been wonderful friends and we are praying the many happy memories you have will provide comfort in the days to come. Sincerely Anna and Richard Butler (Gene's cousin)
JACK AND GLORIA ANDERSON left a message on January 27, 2023:
WE WERE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF OUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS DEATH. HE AND MARIE ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. WE WERE PATIENTS OF DR. AND RECEIVED GREAT CARE THRU THE YEARS. BEING FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY WE ENJOYED MANY OUTINGS AND GET TOGETHERS.
Ziad Namouz left a message on January 27, 2023:
Dear Maria and Family myself and my Family sending our prayers and deepest sympathy to the whole family may his soul rest in peace and his memories be eternal
Tony Sponsler left a message on January 27, 2023:
I met Dr. Howard on January 15, 2007, at a time when I was at rock bottom both spiritually and professionally. It was in that season of my life that he and the Lord Jesus Christ were the two that pulled me up out of the mire I was in. When he graciously believed in me enough to have me serve as his technician, it brought a rebirth to my career, for which I'm forever grateful! He expected excellence, thoroughness, honesty, communication, and devotion. His expectations weren't dissociated from his personal application of these pillars of practice. He modeled them day in and day out! He was no hypocrite to the Hippocratic Oath he took; he was the quintessential ophthalmologist! "Doc" was a true Renaissance man! He made life, not just ophthalmology, a classroom for me. The pearls of wisdom and sage advice he gave were priceless! "See One, Do One, Teach One" wasn't just an echo from his residency; it was a lifestyle he lived for the sake of the serious student of ophthalmology. He loved to impart and instruct and was extremely gifted and dedicated to doing so! I never met a man with more true grit! However, his pig-iron toughness wasn't outmatched by his marshmallowy soft heart for those in need! Consistently, I watched him take a different twist to "first, do no harm." If he had to treat a patient and they were too poor to pay, his first concern would be, "How can we make this happen for the patient?" Truth be told, there were times when he was the one who made it happen. Sorry, Doc, those widows whose budgets you meant "no harm" to told on you! Oh, how they loved you! Over lunch conversation, we would at times talk of heaven and eternal life. In my mind right now, I'm sitting at Charlie's BBQ on Pelham Rd., where we often had lunch. I'm also thinking of what the Bible describes as a future "marriage supper of the Lamb." We don't have the menu, but if they're serving cole slaw with BBQ and the two of us are at the table, I know to "drain the slaw" when I make you a plate. :) To Marie and the family, I extend my heartfelt condolences. You were the only queen that could capture the king's heart! You were his bedrock, and he cherished you as he should! The two of you leave a legacy worthy of honor! In Christ’s unfailing love, Tony Sponsler
Edwards Family left a message on January 27, 2023:
Marie and family; we are blessed and fortunate to have known Doc. Our prayers and condolences will be with you. God Bless
Richard Murtaugh left a message on January 26, 2023:
Dear Marie and family. My deepest condolences and sympathy are with you and your Family during this time. Prayers will continue to be offered on Dr. Howard safe journey to Eternal Life. May Dr. Howard +RIP+ and his Memory be Eternal. God Bless You, Marie and Family.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
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