, Port Arthur, Texas

March 1, 2013

Rita Sue Howard Joseph

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —    Rita Sue Howard Joseph, 54 of Port Arthur was called to Heaven by our Lord and Savior on February 24, 2013.  She was a 1978 graduate of Lincoln High School where she was a member of the Bumblebee Band.  Rita was a faithful member of Rock Island Baptist Church and Seventh Street Baptist Church.

   She is preceded in death by her parents Jamie and Rita Howard and her aunt Hazel Lopez.

   She leaves joyful memories with Wayne McKyer; her only beloved son LaKeith Howard (Tawana); 3 grandchildren, LaTia, Lakeithia and LaKeith Jr.; six sisters, Wanda Howard (Keenan), Gwendolyn DeCuir (Roy), Bernadett Powell, Mildred Hayes, Cynthia Gilliam all of Port Arthur, Safiyyah Sabir of Atlanta, GA; four brothers Michael Howard (Bernice), Jamie Howard, Elgin Howard (Larran) Everett Howard (Willie Mae); nieces and nephews,  best friends, Marlene Miller and Gwen (Red Head) Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

   Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Rock Island Baptist Church with a viewing from 9 a.m. until service time.  

   Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.