Wash "Jake" Howard Jr. was born on Sept. 22, 1933, in Sumter. He peacefully entered into eternal rest on April 18, 2017. He was a son of the late Wash Howard Sr. and Alice Lane. He was the oldest of four boys, Marion Howard, John Howard and William Howard. After leaving school, he decided to move to New York, where he was employed with Gypsum for approximately 10 years before returning to Sumter.

Upon returning to Sumter in late 1950, he was employed at Georgia Pacific for more than 30 years before going to work for the Sumter School District, from which he retired. Wash was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where he was very active. He served as an usher, sang with the Men of Zion Choir and was a member of United Methodist Men. He was twice honored as Mr. Mt. Zion. Wash was very active in the community. He was an active coach for the Broad Street Baseball Team. He was a member of the Broad Street Association Community Group, American Legion Post 15, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Sumterites (Sumter Chapter), of which he was one of the co-founders. He loved fishing and he was a jokester. He loved his family and his church. He enjoyed life to the fullest.

He leaves behind to cherish his many fond and loving memories: his wife, Mattie L. Howard; children, Thomas (Jeanette) Sumpter and Carolyn Burns; grandchildren, Shonica (Curtis) Sumpter Zeigler, Julian and Fitzgerald Sumpter; great-grandchildren, Quintin Sumpter, Xavier and Kurston Zeigler; sister-in-law, Annette Howard; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wash Howard Sr. and Alice Lane Howard; three brothers, Marion Howard Sr., John Howard Sr. and William Howard.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today.

Mr. Howard will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall St., Sumter, SC 29150. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Lane Cemetery.

The family is receiving friends at the home, 14 W. Bartlette Ave., apartment 111, Sumter, SC 29150.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.