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Howard Garrett Houghton

Howard Garrett Houghton

February 22, 1952 - June 1, 2020
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Howard Garrett Houghton, 68, of Pine Bluff and Little Rock died June 1, 2020. He was born February 22, 1952 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Margaret E. Garrett Houghton and Howard Raymond Houghton. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; sisters Mary Louise Miller of Dayton, Ohio and Martha Joyce Stanton of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by devoted friends Missy Brodnax, Minnie Raspberry, and Karen Martin; cousins Jane Colclasure, Martha Coop, Steve and Cindy Garrett, Ray Colclasure, and Joe and Judith Colclasure. Raised in San Antonio, Texas, Garrett worked in the hospital at Fort Sam Houston. He eventually returned to Pine Bluff where he was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Garrett Houghton spent much of his adult life without sight, but it did not stop him from seeing the world. No one knew more about current and historic events than Garrett. He was the one you wanted on your team for Trivial Pursuit. Knowing every word of Phantom of the Opera, Garrett loved the arts so. A connoisseur of afternoon cookies and coffee, Garrett enjoyed time with friends and family discussing events of the world. It was not uncommon to learn that he had once traveled to the very places being discussed. His love of travel carried him to England, Scotland, Ireland where he once hiked with his mother to kiss the Blarney Stone. His mother, Margie, was his best friend, and she made sure he experienced the world. The duo of mother and son were unstoppable, and they never let his loss of vision prevent them from being active. Always hopeful for the latest technological breakthrough for restoring sight for the vision impaired, Garrett never lost hope of seeing again. Garrett was a part of the "A" team, a group of people who loved one another deeply and celebrated the successes of their friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at Encore Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Little Rock for Garrett's excellent care and support.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave., Pine Bluff, AR, 71601.
Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held Monday. The service will be available online by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday. Arrangements by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, 870-534-3131.

Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
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Steve & Cindy Garrett

Posted at 10:48am
To: Garrett Houghton – My First Cousin, My Friend

How does one pay tribute to a Man like Garrett? A Man that throughout his life faced huge challenges and overcame them with pleasure and success. What internal strength, faith, patriotism and humor!

I spent a lot of time with Garrett as a young boy. Late every summer, Daddy (Robert Dee Garrett) would attend his Army reunion in Little Rock. Mom and Dad would spend the week with the reunion and send me for a visit one year with Grandma Wilson and the next year with Grandma Garrett / Aunt Con. Garrett generally would come and stay with Grandma Garrett at the same time. We spent many a day at Eden Park swimming or playing bingo. I particularly remember Garrett and me playing some form of “ball” on Grandma’s front porch. I don’t remember there ever being any fights or cross words between us.

As the years went by, we separated somewhat but still stayed fairly close. I have always amazed with Garrett’s mind. He was generally very well versed on almost any topic of discussion. He particularly enjoyed hearing stories around my work adventures with Timex. Although he was very interested in Business and Supply Chain topics, he and Aunt Margie would really “light up” talking about my travels to Asia and Europe. Garrett usually knew more about Belgium or Thailand than I did. So amazing!

Garrett, I will miss you! Tell Cousin John Phillips (son of Aunt Teen on Momma’s side) howdy when you see him. I really believe you are now pain free, have sight, can run with the wind, etc. I’m quite sure Heaven is louder now. Garrett is probably sitting around with all the Pine Bluff / Sherril family listening to Daddy tell his corny jokes and then just BUSTING OUT in laughter with Daddy’s voice laughing loudest at his own jokes – and Garrett laughing voice running a close second…..

Steve and Cindy Garrett & Family
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Tonya Butler

Posted at 04:21pm
We’ve shared many times together- from wedding showers to week long stays together to long phone conversations all filled with laughter and love . To say the Houghton’s hold a special place in our hearts would be an understatement - we ❤️Love you Aunt Margie and hate we can’t be together during this time - sending a big hug your way - ❤️ Always Tonya Garrett , Eli and Mollie Garrett- Echols
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Jordan Garrett

Posted at 01:51pm
Despite life taking our family many different directions; the time shared together was always valued. Garrett was one of the most intelligent, well-versed individuals I have ever known and his wisdom and thirst for life will be truly missed.
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Josh Garrett

Posted at 01:13pm
Garrett always shared worldly stories since we were kids. Our family was able to share our experiences with him, and compare our travels. Garrett loved hearing about our kids experiences while we were living aboard. He’ll be dearly missed by many!
Josh & Katie Garrett and kids

Shasta Bell

Posted at 12:06am
Garrett was the sweetest man that I ever cared for. He was a delight and loved to talk about the world. We will miss him at Encore. S Odom, CNA
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