Howard was an accomplished man. He graduated from UVA and had a distinguished career as an accountant. As I noted yesterday, Howard also had diverse and multi-faceted interests in aviation (he was a skilled pilot who had accomplished a life-long dream in 1994 when he built his home in Scottsville so that he could walk out of his house to his hangar, plane, and runway [which doubled as his driveway]), music (he loved bluegrass and gospel music and could play the guitar, banjo, and mandolin, among other instruments), writing, and theology (he loved the doctrines of grace!).
He and his wife Joan had a peculiarly satisfying marriage union in which Howard’s love for Joan so clearly reflected Christ’s love for the church. Our hearts have been broken for Joan as we have grieved alongside her this past week.
According to God’s Providence, the Lord’s Day before Howard’s death (July 12th) our church had gathered at the Anderson’s home for our July Church Family Fellowship. In the meeting Howard had picked up his guitar and led us in singing the hymn, "Because He Lives." As we reminded each other yesterday, we grieve not as men who have no hope (1 Thess 4:13). Howard could say with Paul, "For me to live is Christ, to die is gain" (Phil 1:21). We find immense comfort in that.