Valdosta Daily Times

April 11, 2013

Dr. Joseph Samuel Houston, M.D.


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Dr. Joseph Samuel Houston, M.D., 87, of Valdosta, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his home. He was born on Sept. 2, 1925, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to the late William Herbert and Annie Jim Turner Houston. Dr. Houston practiced psychiatry for many years and served as Chief of Psychiatry at Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville for many years. Dr. Houston served in the United States Coast Guard, serving on the USS Orlando and graduated from the Medical College in Augusta in 1959. He loved woodworking and restoring antique cars. As a child, he and his brother built a wooden glider. Dr. Houston was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Susan Houston who had been his caretaker for the past two years of Valdosta, Debra Houston West and Greg West of Dothan, Ala., two sons and daughter-in-law, Wallace Houston and Debra Moore Houston of McDonough, Dennis Houston of Griffin, a very special former daughter-in-law, Penni Houston of Atlanta; grandchildren, Heather Houston, Ava Castleberry and her husband, William M. Castleberry III, Jody Houston, Alden West, Warren Houston, Anna West and Riley Houston; great-grandchildren, Gavin Backs, Emory Backs, Isabella Castleberry, Audrey Castleberry; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved Chihuahua of 12 years, Pepi.  

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lois Barton Houston; his sister, Betty Houston Hale; and his brother, Dr. William Herbert Houston Jr., M.D.  Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2013, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home with Pastor Jimmy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. — Carson McLane Funeral Home