William “Howard” McDonald was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on November 27, 1945 to the late Doris McDonald and William “Bill” McDonald. He was the second of four children. On Sunday, July 22nd, Howard entered into an eternal rest.
Howard graduated from J.H. Hayswood High School in 1963. He went on to attend North Carolina A&T and graduated with a degree in sociology. Howard then served with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) as a community organizer in low country South Carolina. He also spent several years teaching high school math in Chesapeake Public Schools and coaching basketball/football. Howard would later strike out on his own as an entrepreneur in commercial real estate and general contracting. He was an avid golfer and loved to discuss (or debate) history, science, and political events.
He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to the many that knew him. Howard was preceded in death by his brother, Russell E. McDonald; his sister, Mildred M. Williams; and a nephew, Reginald Thompson.
He leaves a legacy of memories to be cherished by: his daughter, Evangeline Lea McDonald; sister, Patricia A. McDonald; three nieces, Norma McDonald, Michaela Dean, and Kateena Williams; three nephews, William Dean, Louis Williams, and Joel Williams; eleven great nieces and nephews and five great-great nieces and nephews; La Maurice Hunter; and a host of wonderful friends including alumnae of Hayswood High School and NC A&T.