Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Roy Wheater Howard, November 6, 1990

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Parents and birth

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Partial Transcript: Today is Tuesday November the sixth, nineteen-and-ninety. I am Jean Becker, a member of Second Presbyterian Church...

Segment Synopsis: Roy Howard talks about his parents, how they met, and discusses their lives.

Keywords: Air Force; Army Air Corps; Belleville (Ill.); Edith Wheater; India; Japan; Philippines; Victor Howard

Subjects: Prisoners of war--United States; Red Cross

00:05:12 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: And there were three children?

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about growing up in Florida, his childhood in school, and his undergraduate college life.

Keywords: Education history; Family history; Florida State University; Gulf Coast Community College; Little Rock (Ark.); Panama City; Social services; Social workers

Subjects: Community colleges; Education, Higher; Social service

00:09:09 - Missionary work

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Partial Transcript: Did this year in Central America influence what you did later on? What you saw there and so forth?

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about his experiences with missionary work.

Keywords: Church missions; Marriage; Ministers; Mission trips; Missionary work; Musicians; Special education

Subjects: Church; Church work; Music

00:14:29 - Employment

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Now after you had your degree in social work where were your first jobs?

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about his first job out of college and the social work that he did.

Keywords: Emory University; Ministers; School of Theology; Social services; Social workers; Theology

Subjects: Mental health; Older people; Social service

00:21:28 - Ministry

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Partial Transcript: And I believe I have heard that it was while you were serving you were on the s--uh, Session at First Presbyterian Church that you decided to go back--

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about why he became a minister and how it has affected his life.

Keywords: Emory University; Ministers; Musicians; Religious instructors; School of Theology

Subjects: Emory University; Religion

00:28:28 - Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: And, uh, I'm sure you had, you know, other churches. What attracted you particularly to Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about why he came to Lexington, and how he has influenced Second Presbyterian Church.

Keywords: Missionary work; Missions; Social services; Social workers

Subjects: Lexington (Ky.); Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Social service

00:34:30 - Charity

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Partial Transcript: I was just thinking about on Canaan House the members of the congregation did actually paint and--

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about the Canaan House and how he has contributed to the project during his time in Lexington.

Keywords: Canaan House; Charity; Donations; Ministers; Presbyterian churches

Subjects: Mental health; Volunteers

00:39:21 - Prison ministry

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Partial Transcript: I know you've been involved in prison ministry for about ten years now.

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about his opinions on prison ministry and his experiences with prisoners.

Keywords: Adult Bible classes; Amnesty International; Choirs; Ministers; Service

Subjects: Presbyterian Church--Kentucky; Prisons; Social service

00:44:09 - Life issues

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Partial Transcript: Uh, part of my interest in all of this is I helped lead a class that you may have sat in on but on, um, so-called "life issues."

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about classes he has taught at the church and the people he has met and interacted with while teaching.

Keywords: Adult Bible classes; Catholics; Church youth activities; Healthcare; Healthcare issues

Subjects: Abortion; Amnesty International

00:51:21 - Habitat for Humanity

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Partial Transcript: Last summer we, um--I was looking for a way for the church to do an inter-generational work project and it, and, uh, the magazine from Habitat for Humanity just came across my desk and asking for people who wanted to respond to those who homes had been destroyed by Hugo--Hurricane Hugo.

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about various work projects he has led or wants to lead as part of his work with the church.

Keywords: Church youth activities; Mission trips; Missionary work; Missions; Volunteers in Mission; Youth groups; Youth programs

Subjects: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Volunteers

00:56:34 - Children and family

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Partial Transcript: Um, I wanted to ask you a little bit more about your children. You have mentioned, uh, one was born in '82.

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about how the church has influenced his family.

Keywords: Church community; Church family; Church life; Families; Family history; Fathers

Subjects: Children--Kentucky; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Volunteers

01:03:23 - Church socializing

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Partial Transcript: I hadn't actually, um, vocalized what I had thought, but when I grew up the church was the social center.

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about his social experiences with the church and his opinions about how the church affects the social and family life of others.

Keywords: Church community; Church growth; Church involvement; Church life; Church membership; Church outreach; Church participation

Subjects: Immigrants--Kentucky--Lexington.; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)

01:07:09 - Projects

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Partial Transcript: I think, uh, we have been involved in a few projects with, like our missionaries in Zaire and other things...

Segment Synopsis: Howard talks about some of the projects he has been a part of and helped organize during his time at Second Presbyterian Church.

Keywords: Church missions; Mission trips; Missionary circles; Missionary work; Missions; Volunteers in Mission

Subjects: Church work; Missionaries; Religion