Frederick R. Howard died Sunday, Oct. 25, from complications from pneumonia. Freddy, as he was commonly known, was a beloved native son, born and resided in Leesburg his entire life; albeit a brief stint while away during his college studies and military service.
Freddy is best known for his almost 30 years of service in the Clerk’s office of the Loudoun County Circuit Court, retiring in 1991, having served as the Chief Clerk for his last 12 years. As Clerk of the Court, Freddy, with a smile and gentleman-like quality, touched the lives of most Loudoun citizens from the time they were born to the time they passed. Additionally, Freddy represented Loudoun County on the state and national level as an officer and historian of the Virginia Court Clerk’s Association and a member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers, respectively.
In addition to his duties as Clerk, he was elected and served on the Leesburg Town Council. While on the Town Council, Freddy and Kenny Rollins (former town mayor and State Representative to the Virginia House of Delegates) met with and obtained approval from the State of Maryland officials to draw water from the Potomac River for the town’s needs; in hindsight, a creative and wise accomplishment given the town’s growth, the scarcity of today’s water resources, and increasingly politically charged environment.
Over the years, Freddy had unselfishly donated his time and talents to numerous local organizations. Some of his other associations and activities included 58 continuous years as a member of the Leesburg Lions Club, having served as President, and receiving the Lions Club highest honor — the Melvin Jones Medal of Service. He was a Civil Celebrant for more than 40 years, performing numerous marriages within Loudoun County, most notable the wedding of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. He served 30 years as an officer and director of Leesburg’s Union Cemetery; he was officer, director, and fundraising chairman of numerous local Loudoun charities, including the American Red Cross, YMCA, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts of America; and served as Commander of Leesburg’s American Legion Post 34. He was also an Officer and Director of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Trust, providing aid to military veterans, and a member of the Monroe Vo-Tech Center advisory committee for auto mechanics and auto body repair classes, as well as one of the judges selecting Loudoun students for the American Legions Boys and Girls State Competition. He was elected as a Director of First Virginia Bank in 1980, and served continuously until First Virginia’s merger with BB&T in 2003. He was Chuck Robb’s Gubernatorial Campaign Manager for Loudoun County, and served as a Deacon and Elder of the Leesburg Presbyterian Church.
Freddy enjoyed life — joking, pulling off pranks, golfing, fishing, bird hunting, his bi-monthly card group, and routing for the Washington Football Team. He was a Redskin season ticket holder for 33 years, and missed only two home football games during that tenure. He loved his family dearly, and all people, as he never met a stranger.
Freddy was born in a frame house on South King Street in Leesburg on August 22, 1929, to the parents of Dr. Herbert and Lillian Howard, DVM. Freddy graduated Leesburg High School in 1946, attended Presbyterian Junior College and the College of William and Mary. He courageously enlisted into the United States Air Force during the Korean War, served four years as Airborne Radar Operator in the Air/Sea Rescue Unit, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was married to Ms. Peggy Mae Fleming for 59 years. They had two daughters, Linda Howard Hiserman of Ashburn, VA, and Hope McCullough (K.C.) of Mechanicsville, VA. He has four grandchildren (Brett, Amy, Megan, and Emma) and four great-grandchildren (Brayden, Elise, Sadie Mae, and Preston James), as well as two surviving brothers, Frank of Richmond, VA, and David of Gaithersburg, MD; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Freddy was preceded in death by his wife and his siblings, Jack, Tommy, Margaret and Mary.
To honor the former Clerk of the Circuit Court, the County of Loudoun lowered the flag to half-staff at the Loudoun County Government Center on Harrison Street and the Loudoun Courthouse Complex on King and Market Streets from dawn Thursday, October 29, until dusk on Friday, October 30, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Leesburg Community Church 835 Lee Ave., SW Leesburg, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leesburg Host Lions Club Attn.: John Pumphrey 115 Queen St., NE Leesburg, VA 20176; or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500 Chicago, Illinois 60611. For additional information or clarification, please contact: Linda Howard Hiserman at (703) 867-9728.