December 23, 2021
Howard D. Wall, affectionately known as “Poochie,” passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 23, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. Born September 3, 1940 in Rutherford County to the late Hershel Perry Wall, Sr. and Myrtle Dye Wall, Howard is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Sally Jones Snow Wall, and brother, Dr. Hershel Perry “Pat” Wall, (Jean) of Memphis. Howard was preceded in death by his brother Joe Wall. Howard graduated from Murfreesboro Central High School in 1958, earned his B. S. Degree in Science from Middle Tennessee State College,1963, and was immediately called to active duty for two years in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard icebreaker U.S.S. Edisto in Antarctica. He was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal for his duty performed and honorably discharged. The launching of Howard Wall’s extraordinary legacy as Builder/Developer began in the earlier 1980s when he joined his later-to-be-wife wife Sally Snow’s real estate business as a sales agent. Soon they became business partners, later married, and created Snow and Wall Realtors, one of Rutherford County’s iconic real estate businesses. Howard and Sally were members of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, and named Business Persons of the Year in 1992. Howard’s broad smile, winning ways, high energy, and telescopic vision soon impacted the entire community with needed housing developments. Howard and his numerous project partners’ built many residential subdivisions: Roanoke, Chapel Hills in the Walter Hill area; Liberty Heights, Liberty Station in the Central Valley Road area; Kensington and Broadlands in Murfreesboro, and many more. Howard and his business partners’ also played key influencer roles in commercial developments that are now major shopping and service landmarks across Murfreesboro and Rutherford County: The Old Fort Parkway area: Lowes, Target, T.J. Maxx The Stones River Town Center Medical Center Parkway, Gateway Area Smyrna Commons (near Nissan). Howard Wall’s leadership and industrial/commercial/community development vision went far beyond bricks and mortar. He possessed an uncanny eye for spotting human aptitude, often recruiting young talent into real estate (and politics), then training and mentoring these promising agents. Many of his mentees/recruits have become significant business entrepreneurs and highly-regarded public servants. These “Disciples of Poochie” remember him not for their career advancement as much as for their mentoring, referring to him as Great Friend, or more fondly as “Dad.” Howard Wall took them in, brooded over, and “fathered” them. Howard and Sally Wall were fervent in their love for and support of Black Fox Elementary School (1990), built on Rutherford Boulevard land Howard set aside as he developed the Kensington and Broadlands subdivisions. He not only ensured there would be a neighborhood school for families, but provided extensive financial support year after year for the school and its staff. Black Fox has recorded extraordinarily high achievement of its students for several years. Howard’s dedication to Middle Tennessee State University has been legendary, having served on the MTSU Foundation, the premiere fund-raising arm of the University. Howard’s love for Blue Raider Athletics and avid support of athletes is no secret, having been quite a football player himself, being one of the 13 state record holders tying the high school state record of a 99-yard run from scrimmage on November 8, 1957. The Wall’s influence at Middle Tennessee is pervasive, and you can’t attend a MTSU baseball game without seeing HOWARD and SALLY WALL across the Center Field Wall! Appropriately, in 1998, Howard received the Distinguished Alumni Award from MTSU. Howard Wall loved politics so much his name is synonymous with the Republican Party. A True Patriot, he was first elected Chairman of the Rutherford County Party 1997, and through his leadership and vision ushered in a Republican Party Renaissance, creating a permanent GOP Office on the Murfreesboro Downtown Square, mentoring and developing numerous future leaders in local, state, and national government. To carry on his legacy, Howard Wall leaves a loving family of many additional survivors: stepdaughter Beth O’Brien (Jim), stepson Randy Snow; nephews David Wall (Amy) of Nashville, Matt Wall (Rachel) of Charlotte, NC; niece Suzy Wall Trotta (Ray) of Knoxville; cousin Jim Wall of Rome, GA; grandchildren Alice O’Brien Caudill (Ben), Cameron Snow; great grandchildren George and Max Caudill; grand nieces Madeleine Wall and Mary Harrington Wall (David and Amy); grand niece and grand nephew Anna Wall and Andrew Wall (Matt and Rachel). In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Black Fox Elementary or MTSU Blue Raider Athletic Association. Visitation will be 11:00 AM until time of chapel service at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home. Graveside Service & burial will follow at Ward’s Grove Cemetery. Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 820 S. Church Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 615-893-2422 Please leave online condolences at www.jenningsandayers.com.
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