Walter B. Houston Jr., 83, passed away on March 25, 2012, in Dallas. He was born on July 8, 1928, to the late Bishop Walter B. Sr. and Ceaugry Scott Houston in Tyler. He was a product of the Tyler public schools, graduating from Emmett J. Scott High School in 1947. He graduated from Texas College, Tyler, in 1951. At Emmett Scott High School and Texas College, he was a star athlete, excelling in football and other sports. At Texas College he was All Southwest Athletic Conference kicking specialist, commonly called the "toe." He received the Master of Education degree from Prairie View A&M University. He was one of the first black city police officers employed by the Tyler Police Department in the early '50s. He served as head football coach in the Wilma Hutchins Independent School District, Dallas, also served as high school principal and elementary in the Wilma Hutchins ISD. He retired from the district after many years of service.
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He was a building contractor and owner of Houston Home Rental Enterprise. He was a life member of the Houston Temple Church of God in Christ, Tyler. After moving to Dallas he was united with Charisma Church of God in Christ.
He is survived by daughter, Alicia Micheale and son, Clarence E. Harkey, adopted son, Larry (Katrina); four brothers, Roy (Erma Dean), Bishop David (Lillian), Robert (Robbie), Arthur (Margie); four sisters, Lola Coulter, Gladys Mosley, Darcus Miller and Mary Alice Stabler. One sister, Johnnie Houston Spigner (Thomas), preceded him in death.
Wake will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, Charisma COGIC, 1717 Ariel Drive, Dallas.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Mount Sinai COGIC, 311 E. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, and 1:30 p.m. at Jones Valley COGIC, 1817 County Road 485 (N. Texas College Road), Tyler.
Interment will be in Jones Valley Cemetery, Tyler. Services are entrusted to Sandra Clark Funeral Home, 6029 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 75232, 214-371-2600,
To view online or to sign the guestbook, go to www.sandraclarkfuneralhome.com.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 30, 2012