Houston E. Williams

September 26, 1929 - March 26, 2020
Houston E. Williams


Houston Everett Williams, age 90 a lifetime resident of the Leland Community, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the Davis Community in Porters Neck.

Houston was born in Leland, NC on September 26, 1929, to the late William Henry Williams and Martha Elizabeth Ganey Williams.

Houston was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances Williams, Irene Neville, Vera Ganey, and Emma Lee Gore; two brothers, W.H. Williams, Jr. and Ralph Williams.

He was an active and longtime member of Elah Baptist Church in Leland, serving on the Board of Deacons, Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, Pastor Search Committee, Church Historian and on various committees for many years. Houston was a graduate of Leland High School and from East Carolina University. He was a proud veteran of the US Army serving in Korea. He had a brief teaching career at Dixon High School in Onslow County, before his career with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in Jacksonville, FL. After his retirement he returned to his beloved home in Leland. He was very involved in the founding of the Leland Rescue Squad. After his retirement, he was a Funeral Service Assistant at Andrews Mortuary for many years and later joined the Funeral Service care team at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation in Leland and Wilmington, as a Funeral Service Assistant.

Houston is survived by a sister, Mae Williams Brinson; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will begin at 1 pm Monday.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Monday, March 30, 2020, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Rev. Jack Miller and Rev. Kenneth Long. Burial will be in Nelson Cemetery Leland with Military Honors. His great-nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International 4604 Bluff Dr. Shallotte, NC 28470 or Guidestone Financial Resources 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 2200, Dallas, Texas 75244-6152 which is a special fund to assist retired Pastors.

Due to the current health concerns, you are invited to attend the serivce via live stream at www.facebook.com/wilmingtoncares/

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403


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  • March 29, 2020
    Seth Martin says:
    It is with a Sad Heart that I learn of the death of my friend, Houston Williams. I have know Houston for many years working with him in the Funeral Profession. I first met him many years ago with I was employed with Andrews Mortuary. He was very helpful in anything he did. We would always have talks concerning his years with the Leland Rescue Squad as I would tell him stories when I lived in the Whiteville area, as I was a member of the Fire Department and Rescue there. I also enjoyed listening to him talk about the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. He would enjoy heading to Jacksonville, FL a lot of times to visit friends. I can see him now smoking that pipe. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mae and her family at this time knowing that Houston is looking on all of us.

  • March 30, 2020
    John and Jane Crowder says:
    Please accept our condolences in the passing of Houston. I will miss him coming by the funeral home and paying me a visit. We met him through the Rescue Squad where he was highly regarded. Now he are pain free and at peace. And Houston, don’t worry about Mae, will try to keep her straight. Love and respect to a wonderful man. Johnny and Jane Crowder Leland

  • March 30, 2020
    Margaret Musacchio says:
    I met Houston because my husband worked with him. He was a sweet man, and no matter how bad he felt he always asked about Bob and me. Always wanted to know how were we doing. I hope he is dancing with the Lord today and breathing easy! Houston our brief meetings always meant something to me. I will miss you, but I am glad you suffer no more. Rest easy now. You will be missed. xo

  • March 31, 2020
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