Wesley Ray Houston was born on October 21, 1937, in San Bernardino, California. He moved to Texas at 3 weeks of age. Ray passed away on November 21, 2022, at his home in Bells, Texas.
He loved helping his community, his horses, cows, and family.
He retired from the Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative Board of Directors after almost 20 years of service. Prior to being elected to the GCEC Board, he worked for more than 24 years in the banking industry in Sherman, Howe, and Bells. He also worked in the farm industry business and part owner of Southwest Auction and was the City Administrator for the city of Howe as well as Mayor of Howe.
Ray served in the U.S. Army and Texas Army National Guard. He helped organize the Howe Chamber of Commerce and served as its President for two terms. He served as a Director and Secretary of the Choctaw Watershed Water Improvement District Board. He helped organize the Howe Ag and 4-H Booster clubs and was a lifetime member of the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show, where he served on the board.
Ray served as Director of Horsemanship for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Posse as well as President, and Secretary. He was also a Director and Treasurer of the Texoma Quarter Horse Association and a founding member and Director of the Texas Quarter Horse Association Foundation and associate of the National Quarter Horse Association.
Ray’s family owns part of a portion of Houston’s great-great-great-grandfather Samuel Washburn’s land grant west of Bells that was homesteaded in 1838.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Willie Greer Houston, and Geneva Foy (Washburn) Houston, his daughter Cynthia (Houston) Schneider, his sister Billie (Houston) Davis.
Ray is survived by his wife, Shirley Jean (McCrary) Houston of 65 years, two of his three daughters, Donna (Houston) Crook and husband Darrell, Jania (Houston) Schneider and husband Phillip. Grandchildren, Lisa (Schneider) Medford and husband Steven, Justin Schneider and wife Hannah, Crystal (Schneider) Holcomb and husband Duane, Jermery Schneider and wife Amber, Toni Crook, Jennifer (Schneider) Phillips and husband Devon, Dustin Crook, and wife Lindy; along with 18 great-grandchildren, many friends and extended family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shirley. We pray for your peace & comfort. Ray will be missed.
Dear Shirley and Family,
We were so grieved over the news of the loss of Ray. He will be so missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
Love , The Bert Brown and Ted Brown Families
I thank Jesus for Harold Ray and myself having known Ray and being friends and neighbors with Ray and Shirley for so many years. Our prayers are with your family during this time.
Joyce and Harold Ray Brown
We are praying for you and your family at this time of sorrow. We pray for peace and comfort. Ray was a great friend.
Raymond and Vala Langford
Shirley just want you to know my prayers are with you and the entire family at this time.
Ray loved going on our trips in XYZ Club. He will be missed. Prayers, Georgia Richardson.
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Faye and Al VanderVelde and family
My sympathies to Ray’s family.I knew him through my family and banking, he was the nicest, kindest man . May God bless you and comfort you.
Ray was a great guy! We were in Sherman High School band together and shared many good times. My thoughts and prayers for the family.