Thomas Franklin Houck, Jr.
November 5, 1955- June 23, 2016
Thomas Franklin “Tommy” Houck, Jr., 60, of Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away, as a result of a motorcycle accident, June 23, 2016 at Prince Georges Hospital Center. He was born November 5, 1955 in Washington, DC to Thomas Franklin and Lorena Elizabeth (Rhodes) Houck. Tommy lived most of his early years in Morningside, MD located just outside of Andrews Air Force base where he met his childhood friend, Bob Mattern at 13 years old at the local Baptist Church. Tommy’s mom, Lorena, was the Sunday School teacher there and Bob & Tommy immediately formed that brotherly bond that has lasted over 48 years. They graduated together from Crossland High School, Class of 1973.
Tommy’s career has spanned over many paths including working at Andrews Air Force Base Food Services, Multi-Arts Trade Show and Convention Display in Lorton VA, Journeyman Steamfitter, Home Improvement for Rock Remodeling and Outdoor living owned by his son, Clint. Tommy’s last position was as Project Manager & Draftsman for EMCO Elevator of Capitol Heights, MD. He also was in the entertainment business as a Karaoke / DJ performing all around the Mid-Atlantic area for friends, family and co-workers.
He was a skilled artisan in woodworking, artwork, electrical, plumbing and any other projects too many to mention. One of his early works included designing and drawing the High School Mascot, the Crossland Cavalier to his latest which is the Harley Davidson Memorial Flagpole and“Pig” located in Hughesville MD.
Tommy’s passion besides his loving family was riding his Harley Davidson with the Hughesville Hog Chapter. He coordinated bike rides for pleasure but also for charities such as the “Wounded Warrior Program” and “Some Gave All” and many others. He loved giving back to his friends, family and community in all ways whether it was helping a friend in need with moving, handyman work, DJ services, etc. His sense of humor was spontaneous and on the mark for any occasion. His political humor always had a current and poignant spark. Tommy was a great man who will be remembered for his loving, caring and generous heart to all who knew him. We will carry him in our heart forever.
He was preceded in death by his mother Lorena E. Houck. Surviving are his wife Dora Houck of Chesapeake Beach, MD; father Thomas F. Houck, Sr. of Union WV; children Clint Houck and his wife Alicia of Lusby, MD Jessica Houck of Mechanicsville, MD, Jamie Church and his wife Heather of Waynesboro, VA, and Belinda Church of Prince Frederick, MD; grandchildren Lincoln, Colton and Giuliana Lorena Houck, Makai Cosgrove, Emma Hanson, Brittnie Church, Kai and Kayden Young, Cayleh, Chelsea, and Chance Church; sister Dawn Reicherter and her husband Jim of Jacksonville, FL and brother Aubrey Houck of Union, WV.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016