HOUSTON, RAFEAL - of Knoxville, TN born March 19, 1973 in Detroit, MI to Elma Jean Houston and Joseph Jerome Thomas went home Thursday morning January 17, 2013. He is joining his mother Elma Jean, father Joseph Jerome, sisters Dannette and Tracey in Rest. He leaves to cherish his memory sisters Delphine, Deidre and Christy (Ibrahim) and brother Jeffrey. He was a devoted and loving father to his daughters Raneka and Charisma Cowan. After graduating high school he pursued entrepreneurship as his trade because he liked doing things his way at his own pace. He was the rock of his family and will be truly missed by everyone. He was always available to advise and guide his nieces: Marlene, Tasheka, Tenessa, Luakia, Niesha and Shiera, nephews: Sydney Jr. Xavier, Travis, Darnell, Ian and Colton and his many many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his many cousins, aunts, uncles, and devoted friend Gene Washington Jr. A hug and kiss to uncle Dexter, aunts Carol and Christine, cousins Natasha Vanderbilt, Latonya and Jyonette, thanks for all your prayers, words of encouragement and support. A special thank you to Tina, Victoria and Glenn Paris, and everyone that prayed for him and helped his family through a very difficult time. The family will receive friends and relatives at CEC Community Evangelistic Church, 2650 Boyds Bridge Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914, Jan 26, 2013 at 11:00 am.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Jan. 23, 2013