Obituary – James Howard Houston (1943 – 2019)


Howard Houston (Jimmy) passed from this life on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Ft.
Smith, AR.

Jimmy was born on July 27, 1943 in Glendale, Arizona, to Elva
Maude Gibson Houston and Nova Houston. Jimmy was the sixth of 12 kids. His dad
moved the family more than a few times for construction work, eventually ending
up back on the old homestead in Winfield, AR. While in high school back in
Arkansas, he met and married the love of his life, Doris Jean Goddard. Together
they raised 4 children, Danny, Angie, Jarrod and Michael.

Jimmy started Houston Wood Products in 1974, and in 1977
expanded to a larger saw mill on Ross Creek Road in Waldron. Working with
lumber was his passion, though he never wanted to cut a tree from his own
property! He retired from the milling business in 2007 after an accident that
left him partially disabled.

Jimmy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 58 years,
Doris Houston of the home; son, Danny Houston (Pam) of Waldron, AR; daughter,
Angie Graves (Steve) of Mena, AR; son Jarrod Houston (Jacy) of Clarksville; son
Michael Houston of Waldron. As well as one brother, Don Houston of Kentucky;
and his sisters: Sammie Simons of Houston, TX, Kathy Howard of Waldron, AR, and
Judy Piles of Waldron, AR. Papa will forever be missed by his grandchildren:
Erin Sconyers, Carley Sikes, Jake Houston, Alyssa Williamson, Kerrigan Kent,
Bryce Yandell, Jayla Yandell, Leslyn Graves, Ben Graves, Ross Graves, Ashtyn
Houston and Brayden Houston and 9 great-grandchildren.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Nova and Elva
Houston; sisters, Nancy Hunt and Phyllis Barnes; and brothers, Scotty Houston,
Tony Houston, Johnny Houston, Terry Houston and David Houston.

Jimmy’s memorial life celebration will be Tuesday, June 11 at
2:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Arrangements and cremation are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral
Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Jimmy’s visitation will be Tuesday, June 11 at 1:00 at Heritage
Funeral Home in Waldron, AR.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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