September 21, 1937 ~ December 15, 2021

Born in: Ashe Co., NC
Resided in: Fairview, NC

Rev. H. D. Houck of Fairview and Fleetwood, NC, died on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. He was born on September 21, 1937, in Ashe County, NC, the son of the late Everett Houck and Eva Trivette Houck. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Rex Houck and sister, Lavonne Swicegood.

Rev. Houck is survived by his wife, Kathleen Dotson Houck of Fairview and Fleetwood; brothers, Arless (Carla), Jerry (Wilma), Don (Barbara), Michael (Susan) and David (Susan); sisters, Barbara (Frank), Bernice and Kathy (Dale) all currently of Ashe County, NC, son, Dan of Purlear, NC, daughters, Diana of North Wilkesboro, NC and Dawne of Lexington, SC; two granddaughters, Holli of Winston-Salem, NC, and Harmony of Lexington, SC; and two great granddaughters. Trinity and Jordyn of Winston-Salem, NC.

He was a retired United Methodist minister and was a member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church for 40 plus years, having served in the Appalachian District (formerly North Wilkesboro District) and the Blue Ridge District (formerly the Asheville District). He pastored the Fairview Charge (Bethany, Tweed’s Chapel and Fairview-Sharon), Hominy Charge (Piney Mountain, Davis Chapel and Pisgah) and Bethesda United Methodist Church in Asheville. Upon retirement he served as interim pastor at several churches and at his death was Visitation Pastor at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Black Mountain.

“Well done thy good and faithful servant.”

At his request he will be cremated, and his remains spread on family property in Ashe County.

A Celebration of Life will be held in early 2022.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 212 Bethany Church Road, Fairview, NC 28730 or to Zion Church, 303 Zion Methodist Church Road, Todd, NC 28684.

The family would like to express appreciation to his doctors and friends, Dr. John C. Wander and Dr. John A. Manley, and the compassionate doctors and nurses at Mission Health.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is providing services to the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Kay,
    My deepest sympathies. We have lost a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. I miss that smile already! God bless you in these days ahead.

  2. Kay,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Preacher Houck. He was always such a pleasure to be around. My Dad thought the world of him. He will truly be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kay
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Rev.Houck has been a friend to so many, and has been instrumental in changing so many lives. We always enjoyed his sermons.We remember running into him in the cold, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army red kettle.He was always smiling.He will be missed.

  4. Dawne, Diana, Danny and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will bless you with peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  5. Dear Kay

    My heart is saddened to learn of the passing of H.D. He is celebrating his heavenly homecoming with my Lewis, I’m sure. May God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

    Love and Prayers,
    Jeanette Swann

  6. Kay
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. HD was a wonderful, kind hearted man and will greatly missed by all who knew him. I will miss his bright smiling face.

  7. He taught me at Blue Ridge academy many years ago, he was a great teacher and I learned many things from him, he was a good man and one of my favorite teachers. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time.

  8. Kay. I loved HD. I often said that the best thing I did for the people of the Swannanoa and Tabernacle United Methodist Churches in the Swannanoa Valley was to invite HD to help with visitation with the wonderful people there. The time he devoted to prayer and care with the people was amazing. HD was one of the kindest, thoughtful pastors I have ever known. The world needs more of his gentleness right now. We were all blessed to call him friend and give thanks for his witness to our Lord. Blessings to you and all the family. Richard Ploch

    • Rev. Ploch: Thank you so much for your kind words about H.D. He was a compassionate man. He always took what people told him as truth and never questioned it. From time to time he was disappointed but he remained the same and never became cynical. I have sent you an e-mail at your conference e-mail address.

  9. Dear Kay Bill and I are so sorry to hear about H.D.’s passing we loved him so much and you. He was a great friend and pastor, we will miss him so much. God Bless you and his family.

  10. I enjoyed our mission work on several jobs. he was a good helper when we was doing electrical work. we had a lot of fun doing Gods work. I will sure miss him,

  11. Kay, I was looking at my moms obituary on here and decided to look at the others. Was so sorry to read this about HD. He was such a sweet man and we enjoyed our meals together at the Welcome Table. He and my mom are now sitting at the best Welcome Table waiting on the rest of us!!


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