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Gary B. Houston, Sr.

October 13, 1955 - September 12, 2020

Gary B. Houston, Sr., age 64, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, September 12, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Gary was predeceased by his parents, Bales N. Houston and Betty W. Houston. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Donna M. Houston; children, Gary B. Houston, Jr. (Zulmarie) of Millsboro, DE and Lindsey H. Morgan (Ben) of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Presley, Payton and Gracen; sisters, Lisa Merker of Fort Worth, TX, Sandra Wilson of Memphis, TN and Robin Haynes of Byhalia, MS; along with nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Gary was born in Memphis, TN on October 13, 1955. He graduated from Messick High School and earned a scholarship to Shelby State Community College where he played baseball. Gary joined FedEx in 1973 when the company moved their headquarters to Memphis and began their operations. Gary retired from FedEx after 25 years. He also worked for Waste Management for many years in Delaware.

An avid sports fan, Gary was passionate about the St. Louis Cardinals and Alabama Crimson Tide football. Given that majority of the family are Tennessee Volunteers fans, his love for the Crimson Tide made for many interesting Saturday afternoons. Although he could never be swayed to shift loyalty to the Vols, we’re happy he remained true to the SEC. 

Gary’s family meant more to him than anything else in the world. He was unendingly proud of Brian and Lindsey.  One of his favorite pastimes was watching the Cardinals play and attending their games with his children.  Gary also treasured time spent with his grandchildren and revered his role as “Gamps,” as he was affectionately known.

Anyone who knew Gary knew he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. His light will always shine bright and his memory forever cherished. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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23 Condolences for Gary B. Houston, Sr.

  • Our sincere condolences to the Houston Family . May his memory be a blessing.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers going up to his wife and family . May God wrap his arms around you all during this difficult time.

  • I grew up across the street from Gary. I remember him and his sisters as kids. My condolences to you Lisa, Sandra and Robin. May God grant you, Gary’s wife and children comfort and peace. Sarah Barringer Bushnell

  • My condolences to all the family at this time and I pray for the comfort and peace that only God can provide. I knew Gary and Lisa very well from Messick and was blessed to call Gary a dear friend. My Mother just passed away in April from this awful decease and I know exactly what the family has gone through.

  • I am so Sorry……. Prayers!

  • Sorry for the loss of a good man.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Gary fondly, as he was my neighbor and the older brother of one of my best friends growing up. I hope you find comfort in all your wonderful memories.

  • Very fond memories of Gary when we were growing up. Played little league with him on St. Luke’s team and then through junior high and high school. Great guy. Gone way to soon.

  • God Bless Gary’s family and love ones. I pray the Lord will comfort them now and for the future. Gary was well respected and liked by his fellow classmates and co workers. Gary will be missed by many. Rest In Peace Sir!

  • Condolences to Gary’s families. He was a fine person and a great neighbor. Remembering when. Rest In Peace

  • Gary and I were neighbors growing up on Hendricks Avenue back in the 1960s and early 1970s. The each of the Houston family were an important part of my early years and I’m saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I hope each of his beloved family members is strengthened by the blessing of many happy memories. God bless each of you.

  • So Sorry to hear this
    Family in my Prayers
    🙏❤️🙏

  • My condolences Lindsey, to you and your family. 🌹

  • To a loving and compassionate man! You treated us like we were apart of your family. You always made time to talk, share a joke and let us know you cared. You will be deeply missed by all who got a chance to know you. Prayers to the family.

    Sincerely Woods Family.

  • Only fond memories from highschool. To his kids and grandkids: Gary wanted to be a better basketball player and for him that meant he needed more stamina but had a body more suitable for slower sports. LOL. He joined the cross country track team to “get in shape for basketball. He was running beside me on a 10 mile practice run and he started to not feel well. He kept going. Threw up but kept going. Threw up again but keep going. We saw a water hose attached to a house and got a drink and kept going. You guessed it! He threw up again but kept going. I never saw Gary quit at anything.

  • My heart goes out to Donna and the family. So very sad.

  • Hey Donna,
    So sorry to hear about Gary

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss Donna. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Donna, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, Gary. Please know that we are praying for God’s peace, comfort and strength that only he can give during this difficult time. God Bless,
    Lou and Kathy Kelley

  • Donna my heart goes out to you and your childern

  • In the short time I knew Gary he was a happy easy going person who love life to the fullest.He would keep you busy cleaning up coke and looking for his shoes .He will be missed until we see him again .God bless him and family.

  • Rest In Peace my friend.