CLARA JEAN SHARP HOUX, 77, a homemaker, died on
Oct. 31, 2006, in Fort Worth. Burial was in the New
Clara Jean was born July 6, 1929, in Olden to M.C. and
Dessie Hamilton Sharp. She grew up in Ranger and was a
graduate of Ranger High School at Ranger, TX. Clara
Jean married James F. Houx in Jan. of 1951, in Gordon &
they lived in Gordon for a short time before moving to
Kansas, and from there to Fort Worth. She was a homemaker
and mother and enjoyed garage sales, canning and her
grandchildren. Clara Jean was a member of Western Hills
Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Curtis
Sharp (RHS-1952); and sister, Maxine Sharp Norris (RHS-
Survivors: her husband of 55 years, James F. Houx of Fort
Worth; daughter, Carla Houx of Benbrook; son, Frank Houx
and his wife, Joanie, of Aledo; grandchildren, Jordan,
Casey and Kylie; brother, Jerry Sharp and wife, Francis,
of Strawn; sisters, Shirley Sharp Gentry (RHS-1958) of
Ranger & Kathy Sharp McIntire (RHS-1968) & husband, Ron,
of Breckenridge; many nieces and nephews; and a host of
HUSBAND: JAMES F. HOUX, 80, of Fort Worth and formerly of
Gordon, passed away on Jan. 16, 2008, at a Fort Worth nursing
home. Interment was in the New Gordon Cemetery.
Mr. Houx was born May 26, 1927, in Gordon to Frank Everett
& Mona Irene Mott Houx. He was a graduate of Gordon High
School and attended Tarleton State University and Texas A&M.
James entered the Navy during World War II and before being
shipped out, the war ended. James married Clara Jean Sharp
(RHS-1949) in Jan of 1951, at Gordon; she preceded him in
death in 2006.
James worked all his life on the family ranch, raising cattle,
and also had a dirt-working business. Later, with his son, he
had Houx Construction. He was a member of the Texas and South-
western Cattle Raisers Association and a 50-year member of the
Masonic Lodge AF & AM of Stephenville and served on the board
of Barton Creek Water Co-op. James was a member of Western
Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX.
Survivors at the time of his death: daughter, Carla Houx of
Benbrook; son, Frank Houx and wife, Joanie, of Aledo; grand-
children, Jordan, Casey and Kylie; and numerous other extended
family and friends.