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William Jerome "B.J." Houck
Birth: May 3, 1945
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 2011
Forsyth County
North Carolina, USA

"The most precious legacy of a man is the trace left by his love on our hearts." -author unknown

B.J. was a long-awaited child born to a family who adored him. B.J. was an achiever from an early age, made top marks in school, and earned his Eagle Scout award by age thirteen. A high school honor student, he went on to UNC Chapel Hill where he eventually earned a law degree.

He was an attorney in Hickory, NC for a number of years and managed Northwest Paralegal Services in the neighboring town of Lenoir. B.J. was a gentle soul, and eventually gave up law to work for Hancock and Moore. He loved his life as a furniture sales representative, a job where there were no winners or losers; only people who wanted to beautify their homes and offices and appreciate good craftsmanship.

B.J. was a student of history, and particularly liked the Civil War era. He was also a lover of nature, and enjoyed camping, backpacking, and trout fishing. He loved people and was a keen observer of life. He liked nothing better than to tell humorous stories about the characters he encountered. He adored his pets, and always had at least one dog. He loved family antiques, old buildings, and graveyards. He appreciated his Scots, Irish, and German heritage and loved learning about his own family's past.

B.J. was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church for over thirty years. Some of his ashes were buried in the church's Memorial Garden. Some were scattered in his favorite places, as well as being buried in the cemetery with family members.

B.J. had suffered a silent heart attack several years ago, a condition that was discovered only when he underwent bypass surgery for a more recent attack.He continued to have some issues with heart failure. He had some balance problems and right-side weakness which sometimes caused him to fall. Even so, he continued with his work. He also tried to maintain fitness by working out with a cardiac group at the "Y".

Shortly before he would have turned 66, he stumbled and fell in his kitchen, striking his head and suffering vertebral fractures and spinal cord injury. Despite the best efforts of his physicians, his weak heart could not cope with complications after surgery. He died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends and the kind medical staff who had attended him in his final days.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jan, his precious stepson, Matt, and his little sister who admired him and cherished him.

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  William Edward Houck (1911 - 1963)
  Lillian Varner Houck (1914 - 1988)
Forest Hill Cemetery
Burke County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Apr 21, 2011
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William Jerome B.J. Houck
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William Jerome B.J. Houck
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Remembering how much you used to love to attend midnight mass at your church. You are missed.
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