The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire


On June 2, 1944, Herbert C. Howard was born to Callie Avery and Jack Willis Howell, “JW”.

Herbert later became affectionately known as “Uncle Herm” at the height of his culinary years.

Herbert C. “Uncle Herm” Howard, after his 76th year, surrendered his soul on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from Tulsa, Okla.

Herbert attended elementary school at St. Monica Catholic School, continued his middle school years at Carver Middle School, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School with the class of 1961. Following his graduation, Herbert attended college and later joined the United States Army, where he spent the next three years. He completed his tour of duty on May 6, 1968, with an honorable discharge.

In 1971, Herbert met and married the love his life, Janice Hendrix, and to this union four wonderful children were born: Terence Howard, Bryan Howard, Christopher Howard and Robyn Howard.

His mother introduced him to the Lord at an early age. Herbert was well acquainted with the love of God and His grace and His mercy. Herbert attended Vernon AME Church with his family for over 40 years.

Following his tour in the Army, Herbert worked for various companies, including American Airlines, Unit Rig, McDonald Douglass and in other areas of business in retail. Upon leaving his employment, Herbert became an entrepreneur and followed his childhood dreams, starting many business ventures, including opening two restaurants and an extensive career as a caterer. “Uncle Herm” was widely known for his soul food. Specifically, fried chicken, fish, barbeque and chili. As he was known to say in his radio ads, “It’s always a great day for chili!” “Uncle Herm” continued to cater until his health declined.

His hobbies included bowling (playing in bowling tournaments), cooking for family and others, watching westerns, attending Booker T. Washington football games, traveling and photography. Loving life and all it had to offer was what Herbert enjoyed most.