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Edward Jerome "Romey" Houck
Birth: Mar. 8, 1884
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 1964
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

"Romey" Houck was the son of the Reverend William Kelley Hou(c)k and Nina Virginia Nelson. He was named for his uncles Walter Edward Houck and Jerome Cole Houck. Romey attended Patton Academy. In his early years he traveled out west with his brother, Elmer. He returned to Morganton to play clarinet in the town band and to marry Miss Bertha Lee Fleming. He was a Methodist by faith.

He became the beloved "Papa" of five daughters and one son.

Romey learned to shoot while out west, and his grandson B.J. recalled just how good he was:

"Grandpa demonstrated his expertise by hammering a 4-inch nail about an inch into the side of the smokehouse. He then picked up his 22 and fired it. The nail went straight into the wood."

Romey became a house painter and was much in demand. He was something of a perfectionist and any job that he did was done well and to the client's satisfaction. In his later years he ran a greenhouse and sold garden vegetables. After retirement from fulltime painting, he spent many a day sitting on his front porch with his constant companion, a Boston terrier named "BoBo Remus". He was a great storyteller and held his grandchildren spellbound with his tales. Romey also saw to it that his children and grandchildren learned the art of painting well. It was one of his many legacies to his descendants. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Kelley Houck (1855 - 1950)
  Nina Virginia Nelson Houck (1862 - 1944)
 
 Spouse:
  Bertha Lee Fleming Houck (1885 - 1962)*
 
 Children:
  Myrtle Elizabeth Houck Wilson (1908 - 1985)*
  William Edward Houck (1911 - 1963)*
  Ruth Houck Lamkin (1915 - 2007)*
  Lena Juanita Houck (1919 - 1940)*
  Betty Jo Houck Orders (1922 - 2007)*
  Mary Lee Houck Pollard (1926 - 2005)*
 
 Siblings:
  Oscar Nelson Houck (1878 - 1898)*
  Anna Salvadora Houck (1880 - 1880)*
  Bessie Mae Houck Daves (1882 - 1928)*
  Edward Jerome Houck (1884 - 1964)
  Walter Eugene Houck (1888 - 1891)*
  Elmer Lee Houck (1890 - 1979)*
  Emma Grace Houck Hoyle (1892 - 1978)*
  Nell Elizabeth Houck Setzer (1894 - 1986)*
  William Dewey Houck (1896 - 1965)*
  Maud Ruth Houck (1899 - 1901)*
  Mabel Virginia Houck Deal (1901 - 2000)*
  Iris Katherine Houck Drumm (1904 - 1974)*
  Eddie Lois Houck Depew (1907 - 1999)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 14, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5057704
Edward Jerome Romey Houck
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