After 82 years on this earth, the good Lord called Thomas D. "Tommy" Houston Jr. home on Dec. 28, 2012, at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. He was surrounded by the family that he loved so dearly.
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Tommy Houston Jr. made his impact on this world and countless thousands of its people in so many ways. He served this great nation for more than 59 years as a soldier, civil servant and contractor. For Fort Stewart, his 50-year service legacy lives on for every soldier who sets foot on a range or trains to secure our nation. Tommy worked up to the day he went to the hospital at the age of 82.
He was a founding member of the National Association of Hazardous Materials Managers and also was a registered environmental professional. Tommy was a fourth-generation Master Mason for more than 50 years and was a member and past master of Altamaha Lodge 227. He served his community as director of the Coastal Soil and Water Conservation District.
Tommy was a Selectman Emeritus of the Midway Congregational Church and Society and was a member of the Society of Professional Military Engineers. Mr. Houston was a member of Ludowici United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 168 in Hinesville.
He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Margaret Houston of Ludowici; two sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Erin Houston of Ludowici, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Thomas III and Barb Houston of Castle Rock, Colo.; and one of his greatest pleasures, a grandson, Weyman. In addition, he leaves behind countless extended families made up of friends and colleagues that learned from him and allowed him to enrich their lives.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Howard and Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Ludowici United Methodist Church with the Revs. Charles Houston and James Burgess officiating. Interment will follow in Baggs Cemetery with military honors.
Active pallbearers will be Master Masons.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Walter Meeks, Buck Meeks, Al Theus, Tommy Hilliard, Cecil Stafford, Drew Brown, Billy Hickman and Tom Fry.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Altamaha Lodge No. 227, 8 Macon St., Ludowici, GA 31316 or Ludowici United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 460, Ludowici, GA 31316.
Sign the online guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com.
Howard and Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013