The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


July 10, 2014

Dr. William Morris House

April 17, 1917 – July 9, 2014


Dr. William Morris House died on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at his home in Bryan.

He was born on April 17, 1917 on the family farm in Leon County, Texas. He was the fifth of six children born to John Arthur House and Francis America (Reed) House.

He attended Sam Houston University and became a Methodist minister, serving the church as a pastor for 50 years. He loved the United Methodist Church and the congregations he served. He continued to serve in retirement until his death, preaching his last sermon at the age of 96. During his ministry, he served as District Superintendent for two 6-year terms — in the Longview District and the Bryan District. Among other appointments, he served as senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bryan for 11 years, beginning in 1959.

Morris is survived by his wife, Mary Esther (Gunn) House. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on June 17 of this year. He also is survived by two sons, William Morris House Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Palestine, Texas and Donald Reed House and his wife, Paula, of College Station, Texas. The extended family includes five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 11, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan from 6 to 8 p.m. A service celebrating his life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Bryan at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014. Interment will follow at Evans Chapel near Leona, Texas, with the service beginning at 2 p.m.

Donations in memory of the Rev. Morris House may be made to the Permanent Endowment Fund at First United Methodist Church, Bryan, or the Evans Chapel United Methodist Church, Leona.

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