Houston F Milstead Sr. was born October 21, 1928 in Baldwin County, Alabama, and went to be with our Lord on November 19, 2015. Born to John Franklin Milstead and Amanda Lera Simmons-Milstead, he was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister Eva Lee Allen-Milstead, and brother John Farish Milstead.
God blessed him with a wonderful wife Helen Hansen-Milstead, and was loved by three children and their spouses, Martha (Steve) Cook, Louise (Ron) Fortner, and Houston F (Susan) Milstead Jr. He was also loved by eight grandchildren and their spouses, Chris (Megan) Cook, Michael (Brittany) Cook, Randy (Lauren) Cook, Kari (Craig) Larson, Renee (Olen) Creekmore, Rachel (Eric) Green, Ryan Fortner, Cody Milstead; and nine great-grandchildren.
After serving honorably in the US Navy from 1950 to 1954, three tours of duty during the Korean War on the USS Miller, USS Wilke, and USS William Rush, as a Petty Officer 3rd Class, he settled briefly in Galveston, TX, later relocating to Houston, TX where he and his family remained for 60 years. He was a distinguished and valued employee for 41 years as an Operator and Instrument/Electrical Maintenance employee of Monsanto Chemical, later to become Sterling Chemical in Texas City, TX.
PawPaw, as he was affectionately known to all of us, was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, who displayed unconditional love to his family, and a wonderful, caring man to everyone he knew. He lived his life by one of the great teachings of our Lord, Luke 6:31; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. He offered sound and sage advice to anyone who asked and wanted to listen, and displayed the character of a Christian family man with values that were an example and virtue for all of us to live our lives by.
There was no computer, appliance, or vehicle he couldn’t fix and loved to tinker with anything that crossed his path. He loved spending time at their lake place in Livingston, being with his family, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Loved by so many and a friend to all he became acquainted with, we will miss you so very much, but know that you are with our Lord and Savior in Heaven soaring high with wings well deserved, and watching over us always. We look forward to the glorious day we will meet again our beloved Husband, Dad, PawPaw and Friend.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 24th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, and the service honoring Houston’s life will be held Wednesday, November 25th, at 10:00am, all held at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer Chapel. Interment will follow at 12:30pm at Houston National Cemetery.
Pallbearers are grandsons Chris Cook, Michael Cook, Randy Cook, Ryan Fortner, Cody Milstead, and son Houston Milstead Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Cook, Ron Fortner, Eric Green, Olen Creekmore, and Craig Larson.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of our PawPaw to the Wounded Warriors Project or the American Cancer Society.