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08/08/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Kenneth Houck

Kenneth Reed Houck
(03 Feb 1941 - 07 Aug 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1959

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.      Kenneth Houck, Class of 1959,  passed away in Clearwater, Florida on Friday, August 07, 2015 at the age of 74.  

  From Patrick Hester ('59) of VA - 08/08/15, 7:49 PM - "    Kenneth R. Houck - Class of 1959 - passed away":


I received notice today that Kenneth R. Houck – NNHS Class of 1959 - passed away of a brain tumor on August 7, 2015.

Please see attached web page:

Thank you!

Patrick H. Hester – Class of 1959

   Oh, no! I am so sorry to learn this. Thank you so much for notifying me, Pat. You have my deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear friend and classmate.

From the Veterans Funeral Care (FL) - 08/09/15:

                 Kenneth Reed Houck
      CLEARWATER, FL- Kenneth Reed Houck, 74, passed from this life to heaven on August 7, 2015 in Clearwater, FL. He was born in St. Charles, VA on Feb. 3, 1941. His parents were Reverend & Mrs. J.G. Houck. After graduating High School in Newport News, VA, he attended Virginia Tech and Lee College.

He served as Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at the Riverside Church of God in Atlanta, GA and while there, married his sweetheart of 50 years, Joyce Ulrich. He later served as Music Minister in Kannapolis, NC. His service to the Lord continued as Pastor in St. Petersburg, FL, Winter Haven, FL, New Orleans, LA; State Overseer in Minnesota; Pastor in Savannah, GA, and then World Missions Representative for Church of God World Missions. He then served as pastor in Orlando, FL for 19 years, retired in 2005 and moved to Pinellas County, FL.
Kenneth Houck

He is survived by wife, Joy; daughter Kendra and son-in-law Anthony McDaniel; and grandchildren, Alivia, Alexa and Abby McDaniel; daughter Karla and son-in-law Greg Riley and grandchildren Garrett, Emma, and Carolina Riley. In our hearts forever.

Services are scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2015, at Abundant Life Ministries located at 1550 South Belcher Road, Largo, FL 33771. A Public Viewing will be held at 12:00 pm and the Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm. A graveside committal and interment will follow at 4:00pm at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park located 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774.

Published in Veterans Funeral Care (FL) on August 8, 2015. 

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Very sorry for your loss…lifting up your family in prayer during this time of sorrow…may you find strength and comfort in all your precious memories.

- Liza Perez-Bickers

Sister Joy and family,
We can not imagine our lives without your family. You are a blessing to us. Pastor Houck will forever be in our hearts.

- Dennis and Belinda West

August 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Joy, my heart breaks for you, but I know like me, when my husband Larry died, you will meet Ken again. I will continue to pray for you and your entire family. Love, Connie Maddux Kimbley

~ Connie Kimbley

Love and prayers to his family. I knew Kenneth as a teenager at the Church of God in Newport News, Va. I know he is with his Heavenly Father
praising his name.

- Carolyn Hoggr

Our deepest condolences to the family. Pastor Ken always greeted me as he came into the sanctuary at church on Sundays. I will miss him greatly. He will never be forgotten.

~ Michael Tomkiewicz

Words alone can not tell how sorry I am for your loss. Ken touched so many lives that only God knows how many. If it had not been for Ken Houck as an young teen at the time I would not be living today to tell of the love of God. He has made it to the Promised Land that he many times over preached about.

~ Mike King

Sorry for your loss. May you feel comfort and peace as the lord wraps his arms around you. Love & prayers. The Lashley’s and Sanderson’s.

~ Hubert and Doris Sanderson

What a blessing you were to us when you pastored Village Church of God. Lessons we brought our children up with. To the family…. May God Bless you with many of the Wonderful Memories of the people he reached and saved through his memory!!

~ James and Linda Pridgen

Our prayers for the family. He will be missed greatly. He was a pastor and a dear, dear friend.

~ Hafeez Ali

So sorry to learn of Rev Houck’s passing. Praying for the family in this time of sorrow.

~ Rebecca Houhton

Prayers going out to Joy, Kendra, Karla and family. Baskets full of Blessings Prayers and Biggg Huggsssss to you all

~ Denise Holland

Ken left an indelible imprint on our lives. We are saddened by his passing and know the sense of loss for all of his beautiful family is deep. Our continuing prayers are for you. May the God of all comfort be with you each one in these days of grief. Love you all.

~ Michael and Dianne Thompson


Joy , Kendra and family. I am so sorry for your loss and. I will be praying for you. Our loss is Heaven’s gain and I know that there are lots of people are celebrating in Heaven at this time!
Kenny and I have been friends since our teen years when we would play a lot of ping pong in the basement of the parsonage in Radford, Virginia! I will miss him!

~ Dan Hinkley

So very sorry for your loss. our hearts and prayers go out to the family. your pain is great but Pastor's reward is greater. What a comfort to know where he is and that he is with our HEAVENLY FATHER, no doubts in anyone’s mind.

~ Jack and Dolly Rooker

Dear Joy! You and Pastor Ken were so gracious and beautiful to my family when you Pastored us! You were always there when we needed you whether it be day or wee hours in the morning! Thank you both for your obedience to the Lord for your calling for so many years! I know without a shadow of a doubt Pastor Ken was given a HUGE MANSION in GLORY!!! Father God, I asked you to give Joy your peace, Father, Your peace that passes all understanding as she goes through this time of grieving!!! I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART!!!!!

~ Phill Rockey

My heartfelt condolences at this time with the transition of Ken, the love of your life. You two are truly two hearts as one. I know that you know he is looking out for you still from above.

~ Rosalyn Myers

Dear Joy and Family,
My heart is saddened by the loss of of your husband and father. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. I feel privileged to have know him and been a part of his congregation at Village COG. My prayers are with you all! May God comfort you and may your memories keep him alive in your hearts forever! God Bless!

~ Debby Creel

I remember how kind Rev. Houck was to me many years ago when he pastored Eloise then Village Church of God. He and my father are now praising the Lord in heaven together. To the family, may God comfort your hearts during this difficult time. Rev. Houck was a wonderful example of a true man of God. May God bless you.
Cindy McKay Courtney

~ Cindy McKay Courtney

Ken was a friend to me and pastor of my mother, Gladys Kennedy at the St. Pete Church, his first pastorate. A great preacher and singer of the gospel. I will remember him and Joy with wonderful memories.
Carolyn Kennedy Cummins

~ Carolyn Kennedy Cummins

The Lord was Ken’s shepherd. Ken was the shepherd to so many others. Ken can now lay down in God’s green pastures and stroll beside the still waters. There are no longer any fears. He is comforted and sitting at the Father’s table. There is no pain and his cup runs over. He will be with God forever. Ken was my childhood friend. He was closer than a brother. My heart goes out to Joy and Ken’s family for their loss. He was our loss too. I have so many, many memories of Ken that I will forever cherish. God blessed us all with Ken’s life.

~ Patrick Hester

Joy, I am so glad that I was able to share a portion of my like with Ken as my friend. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Sammy Oxendine

~ Sammy Oxendine

He was the first Pastor for my family when we moved to Orlando, Florida. He will be greatly missed, but I know he’s in a better place. Our condolences to Joy Houck and his daughters; your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, the Gutierrez Family.

~ Ramon and Martiza Gutierrez

So sorry for your loss, we will be praying for your family. Heaven will be a little sweeter. May His Peace rest upon your hearts.

~ Paula and Curtis Silcox

Pastor Houck and Joy were my first mentors in the ministry. My heart is so saddened by this news, but I know he is rejoicing in a city where there is no more night. Thank you, Jesus, for your promise. Much love and peace to you, precious Joy.

~ Lisa

So very sorry for your family's loss. You and Brother Houck made a lasting impression on my life and taught me lessons I use today and with my children and grandchildren. I know there is a great celebration in heaven of singing and shouting praises to God! Love you all!! Julie Long

- Julie (Sinclair) Long

With heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Joy, Kendra, Karla and family in this time of sadness. May God comfort your families hearts.

~ David Tomberlin

  Our sincerest condolences are extended to Ken's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Oh, How I Love Jesus

Words by Frederick Whitfield; Traditional American Melody

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

It tells me of a Saviour's love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner's perfect plea.

It tells me what my Father hath,
In store for every day,
And tho' I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.

It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe,
Who in each sorrow bears a part,
That none can bear below.

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