Keith Houts


A celebration of life service for Keith Houts, 84, Ben Wheeler, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Hilliard Funeral Home Chapel in Van.
There will be an afterglow at the Houts residence in Ben Wheeler. You are welcome to continue the celebration there.
Keith passed quietly away at home, Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014, in Van.
Keith Thomas Houts was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the late Robert B. Houts and Lois Keith Houts. He attended Chattanooga High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He married Ella Brown on Aug. 22, 1948. Keith moved to Dallas in 1956 and went to work for Braniff Airlines as a machinist for 25 years. He then began his own parking lot striping business and retired at the age of 74. He married Martha Porter on Jan. 28, 1978, and they built their dream home in Ben Wheeler. Keith was involved in barbershop singing for more than 57 years. He sang with the 1983 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, Side Street Ramblers. He later became a certified stage presence judge in November 1986. Keith also coached the local high school barbershop quartets, as well as Sweet Adelines and other quartets and choruses. He directed the East Texas Sound Connection chorus for 10 years. He was a member of the Vocal Majority Chorus of Dallas, which won numerous international awards.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Houts, of Ben Wheeler; two daughters, Kati Lois Houts and partner Melanie Lee Fraim, of El Paso, and Janella Tears and husband Gary, of Edmond, Okla.; a brother, Robert Burton Houts Jr., of Bridgewater, Va.; two grandchildren, Kasey Smith and husband Zack, and Mindy Pidek and husband Eric, all of Edmond, Okla.; seven great-grandsons; and his first wife, Ella Hodges of Edmond, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harmony Foundation International, 110 Seventh Avenue North, Suite 200, Nashville, Tenn., 37203.
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Hilliard Funeral Home
386 N Maple Ave
Van, TX 75790
(903) 963-8831
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 10, 2014
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