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A Memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 105 South Pecan Street in Bells, Texas on Saturday, November 26 from 2-4pm.


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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.