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