Melvin Eugene Houston Sr., 90, of Coleman Falls, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his residence with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of the late Ruby Tinnell Houston. Mr. Houston was born March 12, 1929, in Lynchburg, a son of the late Frank Lee Houston and Mazie Fitzgerald Houston. He served his country in the U.S. Army and then again in the U.S. Navy. He was retired from Griffin Pipe. He is survived by his children, Melvin E. Houston Jr., Gary W. Houston and his wife, Ella, Danny L. Houston, and Jimmy D. Houston; a daughter, Wanda H. Hawkins and her husband, Jerry, Roger "Sam" Houston and his wife, Terri; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and his devoted pet, Heather. Melvin was preceded in death by two daughters-in-law, Lynn and Karen Houston; two brothers, Elwood L. Houston and Frank W. Houston; and two sisters, Arlene H. Harman and Dora H. Wright. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Houston family cemetery. Military honors provided by American Legion Post 16. Memorial contributions may be made to Fleet Reserve Association, 125 N. West St., Alexander, VA 22314 or to Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

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