Obituaries 04-18-24

April 16, 2024


Nov. 13, 1950-April 9, 2024

Funeral services for Marvin Dennis Howard, 73, of Meadville, were

conducted on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in


Born in Covington, Ken., on Nov. 13, 1950 to Marvin and Hilma Howard, he

graduated from California State University (Sacramento), earning a

Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Later, he earned a Master of

Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary before pastoring

Mt. Zion Baptist Church for nearly 41 years as well as ministering to

many others in Franklin County and beyond.

He died on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Howard; his siblings and

their respective spouses, Deonna and Peter Tanchi, Debbie and Roger

Fleischer and Denise and Mark Strother; his sister-in-love, Junko Miura;

his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Cody Cunningham; his son and

daughter-in-law, Matthew and Marlee Howard; his daughter-in-law,

Jennifer Howard; and his grandchildren, Conner and Caroline Howard,

Josiah, Charlotte and Levi Cunningham and Harper, Jonathan, James and

Caleb Howard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jason Dennis


Memorials may be made to the Franklin Baptist Association Thrift Store


An online guestbook can be signed at

Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville was in charge of arrangements.