Mr. David Alexander Houston, 83, died April 11, 2020.
Mr. Houston was born was born Jan. 4, 1937, in Pulaski, and was known for his quiet and gentle spirit. His loved ones affectionately called him different names — daughter Kimberly called him Daddie and daughter Angelia called him Papa Dave; his grandchildren called him Grandpa. Although not the same, each name represented the everlasting bond that he forged with his family. In 1958, he graduated from Bridgeforth High School where he was a proud member of the Bridgeforth Blue Devil football team. As a child, he learned how to cook. He had a natural gift for turning ordinary food into a special meal and he often grilled for his family during family get togethers. After high school, he and wife Verna joined in holy matrimony June 16, 1963, and remained a loving couple for 56 years. Over the many years, they shared laughter, love and tears — he fondly called her Vern and Honey. To this blessed union four children were born. During their time together, they shared many wonderful trips. They spent most of their adult lives in Evanston, Ill., where he worked as a chef. When family members visited Illinois, they happily opened their doors and made them feel welcome. While he was in Illinois, he was also the second father to many children in the community; he fed and nurtured them. In his pastime, he enjoyed football (playing and later watching), bowling with his league and fishing — a passion he passed on to his sons. In 1998, they moved back to their hometown of Pulaski, where he was a faithful member of Taylor Street Church of Christ. He provided service to his church as a treasurer, helped serve communion and, until is health failed, he gave freely of his time in any capacity to help his church. After he became ill, his wife was by his side tirelessly. It is through her devotion and care that his family was able to spend many more years with him before he left to join his sons. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He leaves a legacy of love and laughter for his family to cherish and will be missed dearly. He is preceded in death by parents, William Albert and Emma Lee Houston; and sons, David Alexander Houston Jr. and Daryle Lamont Houston Sr.
Visitation will be Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home and Crematory. Please remember social distancing at this time; only 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time.
Graveside services will be held at Braden Cemetery Saturday, April 18.
Survivors include beloved wife Verna Braden Houston of Pulaski; daughters, Kimberly Houston and husband John Diamond Sr. of Chicago, Angelia Wilson and husband Mark of Skokie, Ill.; daughter-in-law Saundra Houston of Skokie, Ill.; sisters, Dorothy Hardison of Pulaski, Marie Martin and husband Gerald of Brentwood, Sandra Allen and husband Johnny of Inkster, Mich.; brothers, Burley Houston and wife Helen of Pontiac, Mich., Buford Houston of Chicago; sisters-in-law, Mary Drake of Lynnville, Coma Marie Cotham of Pulaski; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of cousins and friends.