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.