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Rev William Kelley Houk
Birth: Sep. 10, 1855
Caldwell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 1950
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Kelley Houck (variant spelling-Houk)was the son of Anna Catherine Link and Leander Houck. He was married to Nina Virginia Nelson and father of twelve living children.
The Reverend Houck founded Houk's Chapel in Catawba County, North Carolina, and preached his last sermon there at age 92. He also started Oak Forest School near the State Hospital which was used as a day and Sunday school. He donated land and money for the building of Oak Forest Church, and helped with the establishment of many other area churches. He preached at churches of other denominations, conducted funerals, and ministered to the poor and the incarcerated.

In addition to Christian service, Kelley Houck worked as a carpenter and fire chief at the State (now Broughton) Hospital. His work as a carpenter led to the building of coffins and he worked with Kirksey Funeral Home. When he saw the need, he became the first resident embalmer in Burke County, NC. It is said of his work at Broughton Hospital that when patients died, he embalmed them, built their coffins, and preached their funerals. Truly a man who wore many hats.

His son-in-law, Ransom Filmore Setzer, was in charge of the funeral.

(sources: interviews with children and grandchildren; papers & diaries of the Rev. W.K. Houk.) 
Family links: 
  Leander Houck (1815 - 1879)
  Anna Catherine Link Houck (1825 - 1915)
  Nina Virginia Nelson Houck (1862 - 1944)
  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 (1892 - 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)*
  Martha Elizabeth Houck Poovey (1843 - 1944)*
  John Marion Houck (1845 - 1933)*
  Robert Caldwell Houck (1847 - 1936)*
  Henry Lafayette Houck (1849 - 1940)*
  Franklin Clay Houck (1850 - 1931)*
  William Kelley Houk (1855 - 1950)
  Mary Alice Houck Powell (1858 - 1938)*
  Laura Jane Houck Curlee (1861 - 1949)*
  Walter Edward Houk (1865 - 1943)*
  Ella Flora Houck LeFevre (1866 - 1949)*
  Anna "Annie" Dora Houk LaFever (1866 - 1959)*
  Jerome Cole Houck (1871 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Sep 21, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 5063107
Rev William Kelley Houk
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Rev William Kelley Houk
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Rev William Kelley Houk
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