Charles E. Houston

Charles E. Houston, 82, of Jonesboro, died at 3:10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at his home.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1938, in Anna, the son of Claude  and Alma Casper Houston.

He married Linda Odum on Aug. 24, 1983. She preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2016. 

Mr. Houston retired from Bunny Bread after many years as a truck driver. He was also a heavy equipment operator.  

He loved fishing, hunting and trapping many different animals. Mr. Houston earned his 50-year pin with the Masons.

Survivors include his daughter, Melodie (Brian) Penrod of Carterville; a grandson, Colten (Alyssa) Penrod of Jonesboro; a granddaughter, Michaela (Bobby) Sizemore of Dongola; great-grandchildren Drake and Ella Penrod, Kimber and Piper Sizemore; sisters Jo (Russell) Hill of Jonesboro and Rita Dillow of Dongola; a brother, Larry Houston of Dongola; nephews Gary and Patrick Dillow, originally from Dongola, Jason and Justin Hill of Jonesboro; special helper and caretaker Kendra Lingle; and many other relatives and friends.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Scott Randall Houston; and a grandson, Jordan Michael Houston.

Cremation will be accorded and inurnment will take place at a later date at the American Legion Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Masonic Lodge in Dongola.

Crain Funeral Home Dongola in Dongola is in charge of arrangements.

To view the obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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