John William Houser
June 28, 1943 - November 30, 2020
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John William Houser, 77, peacefully passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital with his beloved wife Gail and daughters Julie and Kristin at his bedside. John was born on June 28, 1943 in Wilmington, NC, the only child to the late Paul and Estelle Motter Houser. At a young age they…

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Jean B. Boozer left a message on December 16, 2020:
Just learned of John’s passing. Accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Wayne and Jean (Boland) Boozer
Taylor and Dottie Bruce left a message on December 6, 2020:
John was first our neighbor and then—always our friend. A sweet smile and a kind word whenever we met. A true gentle man. You will be missed by so many. Prayers for you, Gail and your beautiful family.
Victor Austin left a message on December 6, 2020:
My sincere condolences to the Houser family. It was always a joy to see John around Thornblade Club. His infectious smile and warm demeanor always brought joy to those around him. He will be deeply missed.️ 

Victor Austin, Jr.
David Schrader left a message on December 4, 2020:
Houser Family...We had the pleasure of serving John at the restaurant for decades. All customers are essential to a business but John brought so much joy and happiness to us. We were being feed with his light and love every visit. He knew us all by name and cared for us all. He would always encourage me to keep working hard and keep producing great food. He will be missed. Prayers to Gail and the family.
Charlie's BBQ
Donnie Stewart left a message on December 4, 2020:
Gail, we were so sad to hear of John's passing. He was one of a kind. Always positive and made everyone around him feel good about themselves and life in general. John was a good friend from the first time we met. I don't think he ever met a stranger..he was everyone's best friend. He will be missed!  If you or your daughters are at the Beach and need anything, please know you can call me. We will pray for peace and comfort for you and the family during this difficult time. Love to you all. 
Donnie Stewart & Family (Plus all of our employees who knew John through the years)
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Johnny Goforth left a message on December 4, 2020:
I always enjoyed being around John whether on the driving range or at the Blade.  He was always positive and upbeat and made people around him feel that way.  He always asked about my family and wanted to know how everybody was doing. He will be missed by many but especially by me.  Prayers out to Gail and the rest of the family. 
Sally Albrecht left a message on December 4, 2020:
Dear Gail, I am so very saddened by your tragic loss. John's smile and joy were infectious. You two were such a welcoming and fun couple to hang with, especially on our memorable cruise together down the Danube. John took a genuine interest in everyone he met, and made sure everyone was well taken care of and involved. Holding thoughts of you and your family in my heart. 
Worth McLendel Helms left a message on December 3, 2020:
Gail, I am terribly sorry to learn of your family's loss. I've only seen John one time (at a reunion) since high school, but even 60 years ago he was a person I liked and respected. No words can remove the sting of his passing, but know that there are many who share your sense of loss, although not at your depth. John can truly say "I have run my race, I have completed the course, I have kept the faith." A life well lived. Thank you, John.
Sandy (McDonnold) LaVay left a message on December 3, 2020:
I was so sad to hear about Mr. Houser. I have many happy memories hanging out at your house with Julie. He was such a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Jean and Glenn Fogle Sr. left a message on December 3, 2020:
To a real Champion, and friend for over 60 years. May God give him true peace! My symphony to Gail, daughters and family.
Fred Bentfeld left a message on December 3, 2020:
Gail, our deepest sympathy to you, your daughters and your extended family on your tremendous loss. John was deservedly much beloved and highly respected by all that knew him. He just had a genuine warmth & always took time to share it & connect whenever we saw him. Personally, we will always remember his kindness and lifelong support for our family and the Greenville special needs community. He will be greatly missed. Fred , Anna Marie & Katie Bentfeld
Bob Forth left a message on December 3, 2020:
John was a business friend. Every time I saw he was a true gentleman.
One of the first times we visited
he showed me the Chick Cromer golf statue .
My thoughts and prayers for John’s family and friends. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Rus Kingman left a message on December 2, 2020:
John I will always treasure the times we shared on the golf course and practice range at Thornblade.  You were a true southern gentleman with a constant wise and knowing smile.  You could quickly spot an injustice and call it out in a humble yet effective manner.  The stories you shared with me will make me laugh forever!  Rest in peace brother until we meet again!
Rus Kingman left a message on December 2, 2020:
Dear Gail, Kristin and family, I am incredibly saddened to learn of John's passing. My heart goes out to you for I know what a void he must leave in your hearts. John was a special dear friend and extraordinary man who I will miss greatly too. Please know that Sharon and I are praying for you and are here for you if ever needed. Love, Rus Kingman
Rob Wood left a message on December 2, 2020:
John was a man for whom I had the utmost respect.  He was always positive and I felt uplifted after many conversations  I had with him.   He didn’t talk much about himself but was always showing concern for others and asking about our families.  I consider him a dear friend and we will all miss seeing him and seeking his sage advice about life and family whether it be on the range, golf course, grill room or the office.   My sincere sympathy to Gail, his daughters and their families and to his great friend Charlie. He will make heaven an even better place!
Merry Jo Stafford left a message on December 2, 2020:
Gail, Julie,Kristen, my heart hurts for all of you. Husband, father, Pop, great friend. John helped me get started in the world of Corrugation at PCA-Nby,SC. I’ll never forget my big mistake on drawing a HSC carton, it was for a bottle company. I can see your dad coming through the door to customer service kicking and throwing boxes. I sat in the middle of the room. I placed the hand holes in the length panel’s, wrong - we all know they go in the width-short panels. Oh my!!! 68,000 cartons wrong. My order was checked, the machine operator missed it. However your dad sold these - to another customer. He could sell an ice cube to an Eskimo. Lesson learned and I will never forget. He was not upset with me. If you could have seen his face-Priceless. Love to all.
Marty Huguet left a message on December 2, 2020:
Dear Gail and family. We are all heartbroken on the loss of our Dear friend. But sure he is already entertaining in Heaven. God Bless you all. With Deepest Sympathy Marty Huguet
Jerry Pope left a message on December 2, 2020:
I will remember the early days when Hollytree first opened, the time spent with my friend John . We played in Charlotte together, and continue when we found that each of us relocated to Greenville.  Always a good day when you were with John and Charlie.. It seems that when you lose touch with a friend for awhile, you feel it when you see that they have left this earth. Wished that we had stayed in touch.
RIP.. John
Bob & Sandy Cardone left a message on December 2, 2020:
Dear Gail, Julie and Kristin;
We are so sorry for your loss.  We have many fond memories of John.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  Our deepest sympathy!
Bill Lefler left a message on December 2, 2020:
I am so sorry for your loss. John will be missed by all who knew him in the box business. I always enjoyed my every visit with him, I especially enjoyed his telling stories about my dad. I know all who knew John will mourn his loss.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Arthur Robarge, left a message on December 1, 2020:
John Houser was one of the first people I met at Thornblade.  His warmth, friendliness, and welcoming personality made him my “best” driving range friend and someone who always brightened my day.  I looked forward to spending time with him and shall greatly miss his smiles, his stories and his laugher.  Rest In Peace John.  

Doug. Brafford left a message on December 1, 2020:
Johnny and I walked into Chantilly school together and into Chapel Hill together too. In between and afterwards I was blessed to spend many good hours with this great man and his wondrous mother too.

A wonderful friend, a fair and honest man, and a class act always

Thanks for the memories Johnny. RIP dear friend
Joe Jackson left a message on December 1, 2020:
John always made you feel better about yourself and the world.  He was one of my favorite people I have ever met thru golf and in life.  I can remember many stories he told while standing in the golf shop.  May God’s peace be with Gail and the rest of his family.  
Will Strickland left a message on December 1, 2020:
Mr. Houser was always a great friend to me when I was growing up at Thornblade. I loved talking golf with him, and hearing his stories. He played golf with my grandfather, Billy Strickland for years, and after my grandfather passed away, I loved talking to Mr. Houser about all of their old stories. He was someone that always wore a smiling face and an upbeat attitude, and he'll be missed by many. 
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