Harvey Ray Houston, age 91 of Gallatin, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2018. Funeral Service will be Saturday, November 24th at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 149 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066, with Dr. Ted Hill officiating. Visitation will be Friday, November 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Family Heritage Funeral Home, 100 Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066, and Saturday, November 24th from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Gallatin First United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, with Andy Preston, Brittany Marino, Samuel Marino, Houston Cleveland, Eric Cleveland, and Jim Hall serving as pallbearers.
Mr. Houston was born December 25, 1926 in Town Creek, AL, to the late Joseph Harvey Houston and Mildred Ray Houston. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife of 53 years, Sarah Howell; and brother, Harry Houston. He is survived by son, David Ray Houston; daughter, Rebecca Preston (Joe) of Louisville, TN; sisters-in-law, Michael Ann Bailey of Summerville, GA and Pat Houston of Hartselle, AL; Two grandchildren, Andy Preston and Brittany Preston Marino (Samuel); nieces, Michelle Houston Cleveland (Craig) and Bethany Bailey Hurd (Todd); great nephews, Eric Cleveland (Jamie), Houston Cleveland, John Hurd, and Jack Hurd; and great-great nieces, Anya Cleveland and Alora Cleveland. Mr. Houston served our country in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from TVA as an electrical engineer after 56 years of service. Ray was an active member of the Lions Club for over 50 years in Gallatin and New Johnsonville, TN, serving as President in New Johnsonville. In Gallatin, he was the official photographer for the annual Walking Horse Show sponsored by the Lions Club. He raised Black Angus cattle for many years as one of his many hobbies and was a season ticket holder for over 60 years for his beloved Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In more recent years, Mr. Houston served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. Mr. Ray was a loving, kind, generous man who loved sharing stories with his family and many friends. God had a plan to touch many lives when he brought this wonderful man to his earthly home on Christmas Day and took him to his home in Heaven on Thanksgiving Day. He was loved by all who met him and he will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderheritagefh.com. Alexander Family Heritage Funeral Home has been honored with arrangements.