Howard Taft Wall, Jr. ’55

Howard Taft Wall, Jr. '55Howard Taft Wall Jr., 83, of Rockingham went to be with his Lord and Savior Sept. 23, 2015, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 12, 1932, in Lenoir, son of Howard T. Wall Sr. and Joyce Benfield Wall.

Howard was a Presbyterian minister serving churches in Virginia and North Carolina.

Despite his educational back-ground, he was a humble, soft-spoken Christian man. He attended Lenoir High School, Davidson College, Union Theological Seminary, and received a doctorate degree in education from N.C. State University. He taught at Presbyterian Pan-American School in Texas and in Rockingham Junior High School.

Howard always helped those in need, organizing crop walks in Richmond County and the soup kitchen. Many of the Laotians loved him for sponsoring them so they could get out of the interment camps and to America.

He is survived by his wife, Millie of the home; daughters, Melody Forrester (Scott) of Concord and Joanna Wall of Rockingham; grandchildren, Joshua Dixon, Gracie and Zach Forrester; great-grand-child Naomi Dixon; brothers, Douglas and Monte Wall of Lenoir; and sisters, Dorothy Hicks of Tyrone, New Mexico, Carrie Eilenfield of Hampton, Virginia, Judy Sentelle and Rebecca Johnson of Lenoir, and Donna Parrish of Cave Junction, Oregon.

A memorial service for Howard was held Sept. 25, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham.

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