Ralph Glendale"Bear" Houston

September 17, 1946 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old

Ralph Houston Obituary

Mr. Ralph Glendale"Bear" Houston was born in Newberry, South Carolina to the late Robert Lee Houston and the late Verna Graham Houston.  He passed away on Friday, December 1, 2023 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital.

Mr. Houston attended Pleasant Grove AME Church and Newberry County Public Schools.  He worked at Newberry Lumber Company for 15 years.  Afterwards, he worked in the Newberry community repairing homes, building cabinets and decks. Mr. Houston's work had special workmanship that everyone recognized his quality of work.

Mr. Houston was predeceased by brothers, Roy Houston, Johnny Houston, Robert Lee Houston, Joseph Houston and Joseph Graham; sister, Josephine Riley; brothers-in-law, John Willie Robinson and L. A. Riley; sister-in-law, Sara Graham.

Mr. Houston is survived by his wife, Mary Miller Houston; children, Ralph Cooper (Cathy) of Blair, SC, Glenda Houston, Melinda Wright (Danny), Dwelademont Houston, Patrick Houston and Precious Byrd (Joe) all of Newberry, SC; sisters, Verna Mae Robinson of Newberry, SC, Bernetha Gladney of Thomasville, NC, Zella Davis (John Henry) and Carolyn Harmon; brother J. W. Houston all of Newberry, SC; thirteen grandchildren, Ralph, Jr., Temeka, Nakita, Daniqua, Javaris, Keorriah, Barkim, Christian, Kaleb, Xavier, Zykier, Tiara and Treasure; four great-grandchildren; devoted nephews, Kenny and Tracy Houston; God daughter, Jada Wise of Newberry, SC; devoted friends, Timothy Bookman, Greg Gladney and Rev. Nura Ray Matthew; eight sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 1:00 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in Newberry, Memorial Gardens.  Public viewing will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at the Fred B. Pratt Memorial Chapel.

Arrangements are in the care of F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc.  To send condolences to the family and sign the on-line guest book visit our website

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December 7, 2023

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fred B. Pratt Memorial Chapel
601 South Street
Newberry, SC 29108

Funeral Service
December 8, 2023

1:00 PM
Bethlehem Baptist Church
1501 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108


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