Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 11:00 AM for Houston Daniel, who passed away on March 6, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Houston. The services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Liberty, where he was a member, with Reverend Josh Hale, Dr. David R. Murph, and Dr. Jerry F. House officiating. Interment will follow at the Daniel Family Cemetery on F. M. 1011 in Liberty. The Texas State Library & Archives Commission will host a reception honoring Houston at the Jean & Price Daniel House at the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center immediately following interment. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Allison’s Funeral Service in Liberty.
Houston Daniel was born on July 1, 1945, in Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia. His parents were Price and Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel. He was the great-great-great grandson of Sam Houston, who was also born in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
Houston graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1963. He graduated from Baylor University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, in 1967. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Houston served in the Army National Guard before receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law in 1971. He practiced law and owned a rare book store in Austin until he moved back home to Liberty in 1978, where he practiced law for over 40 years.
On March 20, 1976, he married Charlotte Whitehurst in a wedding ceremony performed at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston. Later this month, they would have celebrated 43 years of marriage. They are the proud parents of 2 sons, Timothy Houston and John Price Daniel.
As the owners of the historic Liberty Depot building, Houston and Charlotte have been ardent supporters of historic preservation and numerous other causes in the Liberty community. He was a charter member of the Atascosito Historical Society, and he held memberships with the Texas State Historical Association, Friends of the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Liberty Municipal Library, Bryan Museum in Galveston, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Preservation Texas, Texas Freedom Network, and numerous other civic organizations, clubs, and societies with missions to preserve history and improve communities. In 1992, Governor Ann Richards appointed Houston to the Sam Houston Bicentennial Celebration Commission, and his fellow members elected him Chairman.
Houston was preceded in death by his parents, Price and Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel, and his brothers, Price Daniel, Jr. and John Baldwin Daniel. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Daniel, their sons John Price Daniel and Timothy Houston Daniel, his wife, Kenda Bing Daniel, and their son, Jonah Baumgarten. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Daniel Murph, her husband, Dr. David R. Murph, and their children, Marilyn Jean Murph and Daniel William Murph. Houston was also survived by 11 additional nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and lifelong friends.
Houston was affectionately known as “Hootie” by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed, although his legacy of kindness, thoughtfulness, humor, and eternal optimism, will be remembered by all.