Roscoe J. Howard, Former NAD Executive Secretary, Passes to His Rest

Roscoe J. Howard, former North American Division (NAD) executive secretary, passed away in Apopka, Florida, on Jan. 21, 2019, after a struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Howard was working as vice president for Missions for Adventist Health System (now AdventHealth) when, in 2015, he was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. He was 64.

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I want to give my condolences to Roscoe’s family in their loss. I met Roscoe Howard once at the Innovations Conference in Ohio when he was still working in the Mid-American Union, and he asked me after I told him what conference I worked in this question: “Does your conference president know you are here?” That question drew laughs from both of us. The fact that he was at this conference that was maligned by some told me something about the heart, mind and spirit of Roscoe. May he rest in peace as he awaits the return of Jesus.

I had the privilege of meeting Roscoe when he moved to Orlando. The smile on Roscoe’s face in that picture is the smile you always saw when you met him. What a kind and cheerful man! I am saddened by his loss, but his dignity and grace throughout his illness is a testimony of his character. Sincere condolences to his family as you live with the hope that burns within our hearts: hope in the coming of the Lord.

Greetings in Jesus…I am Dr. Roscoe Howard youngest sister Bella, and just for the heart record he is survived by his sister’s, Twyla, Taya, Bella, & Tami who will love him with forever love. Also, his aging father who also waits for the sound of the trumpet when he will be united in love with his son again, and a host of nephews, nieces, & friends.
We will miss our brother more than anyone can know.
Blessings & Honor to Jesus who sits on the throne. He
will one day wipe away every tear from our eyes…there will be no more death, sorrow & pain for these things shall pass away


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