May 14, 1924 -
Feb. 27, 2014
Howard was born on May 14, 1924 to Carl T. and Annie Harrold Shelton in Bokoshe, Okla. They moved to Muskogee, Okla., where he lived with his older brother Preston and younger sister Tillie, until he went in the Marines. He served in World War II from 1943-1946 and was in the 5th Marine Division.
He had a bachelor's and master's degree from Southwest Texas State University and worked toward his Doctorate at the University of Texas.