Dale Houston

Obituary
  • "We miss you Dale. You were our friend and we had so many..."
  • "Miss you and I guess you're having a great time with my..."
    - Paula Chamberlain
  • "Dale was a great man and musician he played in our band..."
    - Bobby Land
  • "It's been 11 years since you left us. We love and miss you..."
    - Judy Sykes
  • "Happy Heavenly Birthday"
    - Tammy

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wade-Nowell Funeral Home in Collins, Miss., for Mr. Dale Houston, 67, of Seminary, Miss. Mr. Houston passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. Interment will be in Smyrna Cemetery. The Rev. Glen Shoemake and the Rev. Kendall Walters will officiate. Mr. Troy Shondell will give a musical tribute to Mr. Houston. Pallbearers will be Todd Thurman, Terry Thurman, Ethan Cascio, Woody Lyons, Joseph Jansen, Tim Webb, Eddie Pierce, Tong Pierce and Gary Lott. Serving as youth pallbearers will be Brent Thurman and Preston Thurman. Honorary pallbearers are Don Owens, Johnny Koonse, Chuck Payne, Ron Campbell and Roy "Shorty" Carruth. Mr. Houston was a musician and native of Covington County. He recorded numerous songs during his career that spanned some five decades. Dale partnered with Grace Broussard in the early 1960s and the two recorded many hit songs together. "Dale and Grace" had two number one hit songs on the Billboard Chart. The songs "I'm Leaving It Up To You" and "Stop and Think It Over" both earned the duo gold records with more than 1 million copies of each record sold. Dale Houston received a number of awards and honors during his career and among those he was most proud of include: a performance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand show, two gold records, induction into the state of Louisiana's Hall of Fame (2000), Louisiana's Living Legend Award (2000), induction into the Texas Music Hall of Fame (1998), induction into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame (1998), induction into the Delta Music Hall of Fame (2007), service as grand marshal of the Okatoma Festival, along with his singing partner Dale Broussard in 1995, a 1995 resolution by the Covington County Board of Supervisors honoring Dale and Grace, and the Key to the Town of Seminary awarded in 1995. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Houston and Essie Walters Houston. Survivors include four sons, Rusty Houston, of Lafayette, Chuck Houston, of Monroe, Gary Wilson, of Little Rock, Ark., and Jeffrey Dale Houston, of Baton Rouge; two daughters, Vicki Lynn Houston-Hogg, of Monroe, and Robin Houston Cannatella and her husband, John, of Baton Rouge; a brother, Don Houston and his wife, Barbara, of Cut Off; two sisters, Judy Sykes and her husband, Tom, and Claudette Cascio, all of Sanford; his singing partner, Grace Broussard, of Prairieville; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Wade-Nowell Funeral Home.
Published in TheAdvocate.com on Sept. 30, 2007