Willie Eligah Howze was born December 5, 1943, in Ellisville Mississippi. He was a Vietnam War Veteran in the United States Army. Willie Howze lived in Erie, Pennsylvania where he worked and retired from Hammermill Paper Company. He was a member of the Post Seven-Hundred Club, and a member of the Second Baptist Church where he served on the usher board. In 2013 he relocated to the Maple Grove Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.