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William Sanford (Bill) Houston, Jr.

Born: Sat., Oct. 13, 1928
Died: Sun., Nov. 25, 2012


11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
Location: Monroe

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 01, 2012

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Deacon William "Bill" Sanford Houston, Jr., 84 of Wingate, NC died Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Brian Center Nursing Home in Monroe, NC.  Funeral Services will be held 12 noon Saturday, December 1, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church, 302 E. Windsor St., Monroe, NC 28112. Reverend Christoper Houston, Eulogist, Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery with Full Military Honors. 

Born in Monroe, NC October 13, 1928 a son of the William Sanford Houston, Sr. and Maggie Elizabeth Foster Houston.  He attended both Elementary and High School  in Union County and went on to attend North Carolina A&T State University prior to entering the United States Navy.  After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked as a Professional Truck Driver receiving numerous driving awards for the next Thirty-five years until retirement. He was a member of Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe, NC  for over Fifty years and served on both Trustee and Deacon Boards and then later returned to the church of his youth, Black's Memorial Presbyterian Church in Monroe, NC where he attended until his death.  He enjoyed reading, traveling, jazz music and gardening.  His warm personality, love for people and witty sense of humor became his trademark with all that knew him.

William was preceeded in death by his parents; two brothers Richard Houston and Hubert Houston; two sons; Curtis Watson Helms and William Sullivan Houston.

He leaves to cherish his memories; his wife of 61 years, Mary Elizabeth Chambers Houston; three daughters; Phyllis Houston-Washington of Wingate, NC, Elmira Houston-White (Bernard) of Hollywood Hills, CA, Mazella Houston of San Francisco, CA; one sister-in-law; Cauthen Houston; one daughter-in-law; Tijuana Cheek Houston; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives; special friends and buddies Wayne Culbertson and Leon Gillespie.

Public viewing will be held 11am to 7pm Friday, November 30, 2012 at Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Monroe, NC

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Wendy Teal
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
It is with deepest sympathy that I send my condolences to the Family of Bill Houston, Jr. I have known Mr. Houston all my life. He and his wife were the witnesses at my parents wedding. If it weren’t from them I may have not be here today. Mr. Houston was like a 2nd father to me with his big booming voice he made you sit up and pay attention. He made the stories of past come to life and as a small child he enlighten my life and gave a love of history. His daughters were my babysitters and the love and respect they showed their parents I emulated in the relationship I have with my own. Some of the best memories of my childhood were spent with the Houston’s whether we were in North Carolina or California. My love for cooking steaks I owe entirely to you Mr. Houston although I have never been able to make them as good as his, I still try.
People today always talk about what it takes to be a good man but I always felt that end results are what define a person. Mr. Houston touched and enriched the lives all those around him. He raised a family, put his children through school, taught them right from wrong and lived a full life. He was and still is a good man and shows in the faces of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Having lost my own father some years ago, I can tell you that he pain of that lost will stay with you but the memories of their life and the life you shared will brighten your heat and warm your soul. Your Father will always be there with you guiding you through the day. You will find yourself asking “what would Daddy say or what would Daddy do” and the answer will come you. You are the fruits of his labor and end result of his life. His love for you will never falter but live on through you and through your children.

I am so very sorry that I will be not able to attend this service but I started a new job last month and I’m don’t have any time off yet. Please know that I am thinking of you and that you are my prayers. If you need something I’m just a phone call or email away.

Love Always,

Wendy Yvette Teal

Delores James
   Posted Wed November 28, 2012
To My Dear Friend Phyllis and your family,

My prayers are with you and I know that you are Keeping Your Eye on Jesus. To God be the glory, rest in his love as you say so long to your Daddy.
God Bless You,
Delores James

Deborah Smith
   Posted Thu November 29, 2012
Dear Houston family,

Please know that each and every one of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your grief soon be replaced by a beautiful peace.

Love and Light,
Deb Smith

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