Jessal Houghton

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 11, 2008

CLAYTON — Services for Jessal Blanche Houghton, 86, of Clayton, who died Monday, June 9, 2008, in Natchez, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Clayton Baptist Church with Brother John Williams and Brother Bo Swilley officiating.

Burial will follow at Rogers Cemetery, in Clayton, under the direction of Comer Funeral Home in Ferriday.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

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Mrs. Houghton was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Lake Providence, La., the daughter of J.P. and Sarah C. Traxler. She had been a resident of Clayton for 66 years and she was a homemaker. Mrs. Houghton was a member of Clayton Baptist Church and she was a member of the Clayton Women’s Prayer Group and Ridgecrest Love Circle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Fred Houghton; great-grandson, Justin Houghton; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Joy Houghton White and husband, Doonie, both of Roxie, and Jan Houghton Armstrong and husband, Bobby, both of Ridgecrest; three sons, Jerry Houghton of Ferriday, Joe Houghton and Dix Houghton and wife, Nita, all of Vidalia; four granddaughters, Cindy Spearman of Birmingham, Ala., Rene Byrne of Senatobia, Maria Landers and Kristi Whitehead, both of Vidalia; 10 grandsons, Eddy Houghton, Robert Stanley, Jason Stanley, Chad Houghton, Blair Armstrong and Joseph Armstrong, all of Vidalia, Stoney Houghton of Morgan City, La., Paul Houghton of Houston, Tim Houghton of Jonesville, and Corey Houghton of Spring, Texas; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.