Derek Orlando Howard, Sr.
December 26, 1967 - May 8, 2020
Derek Orlando Howard, Sr., of Wilmington, DE passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the young age of 52.
Born in Bronx, New York on December 26, 1967, he was a son of Dorothy M. (Bazzell) Howard and the late James Orlando Howard III. Derek made his career as a bank collection officer over the years.
He will be remembered as a warm, friendly, and personable individual. Derek was known to both his friends and family for being witty and a jokester. He loved kidding around with his nieces, nephews, and cousins and had affectionately given them all nicknames. Derek was a proud volunteer for the Delaware Special Olympics and would partake in the Polar Bear Plunge. He also took pride in volunteering for the Jimmy Carter work project Habitat for Humanity.
One of Derek’s favorite pastimes was watching television, including the History and Discovery channels and Law & Order, which he was addicted to. He loved cars, music, and video games and was known for his watches, coats and clothes. He enjoyed sports and was a die-hard fan of the NY Giants and the NY Knicks.
In addition to his mother, Derek is survived by his sons, Derek O. Howard, Jr. of Smyrna, DE, Devon J. Howard of Wilmington, DE, Aaron M. Cevis of Wilmington, DE along with partner, Jenika Smallwood; sister, Malinda Williams of Philadelphia, PA; brother, James O. Howard IV and his wife, Toni of Bowie, MD; aunts, Mildred Hill of Moncure, NC, Jean Bazzell of Springdale, MD and Yvonee Bazzell of Dover, DE; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin and many loving extended family members and friends.
All services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations for his son Devon may be made payable to Dorothy Howard and mailed to the funeral home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720.