To all of our family, friends and colleagues, thank you very much for the outpouring of love and support that you have showered on our family during the past few days. My loving father, Cecil Hunter Houston, passed on Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Atlanta. Your calls, visits, hugs, kisses, cards, texts, emails, Facebook posts, and words of sympathy and encouragement have lifted our spirits tremendously during this challenging time. Words cannot adequately express how much the family appreciates each of you.
My father meant so much to so many. Daddy was full of love and expressed his love and his light in a myriad of ways. Daddy was a family man. Daddy was a community servant. Daddy was a friend.
As the oldest child of four, I can speak about my Daddy as a father. My siblings, Rhonda, Cecil II, and Rhesa, and I could not have asked for a better father. Daddy loved his children, and he expressed his love to each of us and every day. As a matter of fact, Daddy was always there for us. If we ever looked in the audience or even over our shoulders, he was there. He attended and participated in all of our events and activities as children and adults—school, church, co-curricular, sports, community organizations, professional engagements, you name it. In fact, I cannot remember a time when my Daddy was not there for us. My siblings and I could always count on Daddy.
As a family man, Daddy was also a loving husband. He cherished my mother, and he showed us as his children, by example, how a man should treat his wife. This year, my parents would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November! Daddy and Momma have had an incredible life together! You must read their love letters in The Makings of An Everlasting Love via Love Letters. They are soooo hilarious yet romantic!
Daddy was also devoted to his community. He believed in creating community and community service. He volunteered, led and founded many community organizations. He took care of his neighbors. He volunteered for schools. He mentored youth and young adults. He analyzed and implemented solutions to community challenges. Essentially, Daddy understood the importance of community. Daddy believed in and practiced that the way you impact community is by being involved in and a resource for the community.
Finally, Daddy was a friend. He called and kept up with all of his friends, no matter how near or far. If he considered you a friend, Daddy would keep up with you. Often, he would call just to see how you were doing. Daddy knew how to be a true friend.
Despite the fact that our family is saddened by my father’s passing, The Houston Family is delighted to celebrate Daddy’s life with everyone he loved and who loved him. We welcome all whom he has touched throughout his 72 years of living to join us in our celebration. We ask our family and friends, however, not to come with a heavy heart. Come with a spirit of celebration! My Daddy lived a good life and his light continues to shine brightly. That is what we want to celebrate—the life and light of Cecil Hunter Houston.
Cards and Financial Contributions (preference):
P.O. Box 43003
Atlanta, Georgia 30336
Flowers – Atlanta:
The Houston Family
740 Ambrose Lane
College Park, Georgia 30349
Flowers – Brownwood
Brownwood Funeral Home
2512 Belle Plain St.
Brownwood, Texas 76801
Host Hotel – Brownwood, Texas:
La Quinta Inns and Suites
103 Market Place Blvd.
Code for Group Rate $99/nt: Houston Family, (325) 641-1731
Brownwood Funeral Home
Celebration of Life Services – Schedule of Events:
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(Information will be updated daily)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00 pm Celebration of Life Memorial Service
Providence Baptist Church
1773 Hawthorne Ave.
College Park, GA 30337
Friday, July 28, 2017
6:00 pm Brownwood Tour
(Please meet Bennie Houston Community Center parking lot at 5:45 pm. Caravan will leave at 6 pm.)
7:00 pm The Houston Family Bash
Adams Street Community Center
511 East Adams Street
Saturday, July 29, 2017
4 pm Celebration of Life Services
Howard Payne University
1012 Center Avenue
See attached campus map (Building #21) for directions and parking.
HPU is providing special provisions for the disabled for access to the chapel: please enter campus from Center Avenue.
6 pm The Repast/La Comida
716 W. Commerce St.
8 pm Cecil’s Soirée/La Fiesta
Aldersgate Enrichment Center
5001 Hwy 183/84 E
Early, Texas 76802
Sunday, July 30, 2017
10 am Family Devotional Service
Bennie Houston Community Center