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Kevin C. Howard, railroader, dies

Kevin Howard had a lifelong interest in music and was a drummer.
Kevin Howard had a lifelong interest in music and was a drummer.

Kevin C. Howard, an Amtrak railroad worker and Army veteran, died Feb. 8 from cancer at Gilchrist Center in Towson. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 50.

Kevin Carl Howard, son of Leslie Carl Howard, a lawyer, and his wife, Corrine Howard, a Walmart worker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Harlem Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

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He was a 1987 graduate of City College and attended Baltimore City Community College.

"Kevin was affectionately known as ‘Kevin Supahuman Howard,’' said his wife of five years, the former Lisa Nicole Thomas, a City College alumna who is the department of surgery office manager at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

In 1988, he joined the Army, serving as a specialist until being discharged in 1991.

Mr. Howard worked as a newspaper deliveryman, a McDonald’s crew chief, automotive service manager and for the last three years as an Amtrak car repairman at its Ivy City facility in the Washington yards. He had not retired at his death.

Mr. Howard developed a lifelong interest in music while in elementary school and learned to play the drums. He joined the Westsiders Marching Band, where he rose to be snare drum captain.

With the advent of hip-hop music, he went on the become a break dancer, DJ and emcee, and with his brother performed at family gatherings, neighborhood talent shows and radio stations.

Mr. Howard, who enjoyed hosting family gatherings, also liked playing basketball, lifting weights and attending athletic events at City College and watching Ravens games. He and his wife also were avid travelers.

He was an active member of New Psalmist Baptist Church.

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Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Road,

In addition to his wife, Mr. Howard is survived by two sons, Kameron Christian Howard and Nicholas Broaddus, both of Northeast Baltimore; two daughters, Kionna Cynthia Howard of West Baltimore and Kayla Camile Howard of Northeast Baltimore; his parents Leslie C. Howard and Corrine Howard of West Baltimore; two brothers, Keith Steven Howard of Washington and Kenneth Dwight Howard of Atlanta; and many nieces and nephews.

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