Jimmy Howard of Pendleton, South Carolina, is the son of Clemson coaching legend Frank Howard, and played fullback on his father's 1961-1963 teams. Jimmy was an All-State high school football player at Daniel High School, and graduated from Clemson with honors in June 1964. He received his master's degree in horticulture from Clemson in May 1967. (Martin, Johnny, "Death Valley: 72 Years of Exciting Football at Clemson University", Independent Publishing Co., Anderson, S.C., 1968, Library of Congress card number 68-58849, page 31.) He served a tour in the United States Army in the 1960s and was based at Fort Irwin in Northern California for a time. He studied apiculture and became a certified bee-keeper.
On October 25- October 26, 1979, he opened the Sloan Street Tap-Room in downtown Clemson with partner Malcolm Smith. He was a long-time member of the Rugby Club and has occasionally performed with the Wild Hog Band in local appearances. He married Amanda Johnson, formerly of Horry County, on December 4, 1999, and they have a son, Frank James Howard III. Jimmy lives on Wild Hog Road in Pendleton. He sponsors university and community events such as horseshoe tournaments in conjunction with the spring football game.