Jim Houck passes



Jim & Bette Houck


We pay honor to

Jim Houck

who died

8/31/1919 - 3/22/2014

James Herman “Jim” Houck

passed away

in Eustis, Florida on March 22, 2014.

He is survived by:

his bride of 68 years Bette,

sister Gladys Torbert,

sons James (Tina), Tom, & John (Rhonda),

3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren

and a great extended family.


Jim was born in Perry, Florida,

August 31, 1919,

to Susan and JDL Houck.


He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, October 1941, and after the War he & Bette made their home in Jacksonville, His favorite job was cooking KFC in Orlando and Crystal River, for 50 years. There is one fewer of the Greatest Generation.










I do wish that you could have met him sooner, he was such a wonderful man.

We knew him when we were little as "Mr. Kentucky Fried Chicken"

Anytime he came to visit, he would go the
one in Perry, Florida after church and bring chicken back to the house.

His father-in-law traveled with him and did publicity for him for many years,

he looked just like Colonel Sanders complete with the white suit and bolo string tie.

As I said earlier, he was Daddy's cousin, but was more like a brother to him.

Until he became ill last year, he would call Daddy at least once a month

to check on him and tried to come at least 2 or 3 times a year.

Daddy was orphaned at 10 years old and raised by his aunts and grandmother.

I knew all of the boys, but I was closest to John, as we are near the same age.

Angie (Wright) McCray

Jim Houck's original poem

Sitting still and wishing
Makes no person great
The good Lord sends the fishing
But you must dig the bait

* * *


When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little--but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me--but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone. It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me - But Let me Go!

Author Unknown


He is Gone!


You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he lived

You can close your eyes and pretend that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember him only because he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on


You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he would want: Smile, Open your eyes, Love and Go On!

British Poet: David Harkins



Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on,
and cherished memories never fade
because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be more than a thought apart,
for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart.

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