Ralph Aaron Howard was born on April 23, 1942 to parents Ernest and Josephine Perry Howard in Watkinsville, Georgia.\n\nRalph attended Clarke County Public Schools in Athens, Georgia until moving to Washington D.C., to finish his academic studies at Dunbar Senior High School. \n\nRalph was a man of many talents. He was a baritone singer in a singing group, a frequent guest on radio talk shows, but his passion was working with his hands. Ralph was a self-taught carpenter and decided to make a career as a professional Roofer. \n\nRalph worked for several prominent roofing companies, securing a solid future. During such time he began a courtship in the early 70's with Constance Bradley, whom of which later became his wife. Already a father to a son and two step sons, Ralph wanted to add to his family and later Constance gave birth to two daughters. \n\nRalph was a hard worker, quickly realizing that he no longer wanted to work for anyone but himself and in 1978, he established Georgetown Roofing. He later renamed his roofing company to R.A. Howard General Contracting. Ralph completed many large roofing jobs throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, to include the homes of politicians, several large churches and underdeveloped housing communities. \n\nRalph’s career was very rewarding, which allowed him to do what he loved, be a solid provider for his family. Ralph was a giver by nature and helped many, whether monetary, providing employment, or mentor upcoming contractors in his field. \n\nRalph’s firm tongue would often catch many off guard, yet his underlying message would always come from a place of love.\n\nRalph leaves to mourn a loving wife, Constance, son Frankie (Henrietta), daughters Hope (D.R.) and Courtney, step sons Darryl (Shana) and Tremain, brother-in-law Frank, sisters-in-law, Betty, Loretta and Cassandra, grandchildren Kensey, Angela, Shamika, Darryl, Diante and Danielle and 10 great grandchildren. Ralph also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews extended family members and friends to cherish fond memories.