Violet Howard Strong, 84,
the widow of Arthur D. “Bobby” Strong, Sr., entered into her Eternal Home
joining her waiting loved ones on Wednesday October 28, 2020 and having
spent her life preparing, she stood ready to take her place in the Heavenly
Choir singing forever, “Worthy is the Lamb upon the throne.”
Mrs. Strong was born the
daughter of Peter Eli Howard and Essie Cribb Howard on June 13, 1936 in
Pleasant Hill community of Georgetown County. She was born the ninth
child of eleven siblings: Lonnie Howard, Charlie Howard, Quentin
Howard, Gaynell Cumbie, Emily Tanner, Mary Alford, Sudie Mae Morris, Ann
Cottingham, Sonny Howard, and Perry Howard. The Howard family was
musically gifted using their talents for many churches, revivals, and religious
events. Violet along with Sudie Mae, Ann, Perry, formed the beloved
and successful Southern Gospel family singing group The Howard Quartet.
Violet was the lead soprano singer who was known for a voice that could
fill a service with worship and a beautiful and contagious smile that would
brighten any room she entered. On June 30, 1952, at the young age of sixteen,
she married the love of her life, Bobby Strong. Because her love
for children and music, she worked and assisted with the music program
for several years at the Earles Christian School. As the epitome
of Southern charm, she worked with Merrell Norman Cosmetics teaching ladies
the proper and beautiful skill of make-up. As a gifted seamstress,
she worked many years with Oneita Industries.
She is survived by:
a son, Arthur D. “Art” Strong, Jr.; two step-grandchildren, Colt George
and Levi George; two sisters, Mary Alford and Emily Tanner; a loved as
her daughter, Fran C. McCrea; and many special nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by:
her parents; her husband; eight siblings, Lonnie, Charlie, Quentin, Gaynell,
Sudie Mae, Ann, Sonny, and Perry; and all of her brothers and sisters in-law.
A Home Going Celebration
will be 2:30PM, Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Piney Forest Baptist Church.
Officiating will be Rev. Kevin Brown and Rev. Frankie Tanner. Interment
will follow in the Andrews Memorial Cemetery directed by the Andrews Chapel
of McKenzie Funeral Home.
The Strong family will receive
family and friends prior to the service from 1-2PM in the Family Life Center.
Due to Covid-19, the family
asks that everyone please practice social distancing and facemasks are
McKenzie Funeral Home is
honored to serve the Howard-Strong family.