James Calvin Houck, Sr., 87, of Spotsylvania, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at his daughter Tracy’s home in Fredericksburg.
Mr. Houck, a World War II veteran, graduated from Virginia Tech with honors in 1950. After graduation, he and his wife Dottie returned to his father’s farm in Stafford where he and his father managed the dairy operation. For over 40 years, Jimmy Houck ran his own dairy farm near Marye, and later in his life he raised beef cattle. He served on the board of directors for the Virginia State Dairymen’s Association and participated actively with the Farm Bureau. He attended Fairview Baptist Church and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Arcadia. He enjoyed travel and playing golf in his retirement years. Jimmy was known to all as a man of his word who went out of his way to help friends and strangers alike.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Doris “Dottie” Klebert Houck; his sons, James C. “J.C.” Houck, Jr. of Mechanicsville (wife Kathy McWilliams) and Thomas Klebert Houck of Spotsylvania (wife Sandy Houck); his daughter, Tracy Houck Harris of Fredericksburg (husband John P. “Jack” Harris, III); his brothers, Norris L. Houck (wife Caroline Houck) and Stuart D. Houck (wife Ruthie Houck), both of Spotsylvania; his grandchildren, Jeremiah “Casey” Houck, Joshua Houck, Tommy Houck, Jr., and Tyler Houck, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his three young daughters, Tama Dale, Carol Ann, and Kimberly Jean, as well as brothers Albert, Charles John Paul, and Bobby and sisters Cornelia Orrock and Margaret Shuford. James Houck was the son of William Albert and Lila Jones Houck.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 12 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9904 or the Fredericksburg Alzheimer’s Association, 2217 Princess Anne Street, Suite 106-1F, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401.