Bernard Joseph Houchens
Bernard Joseph Houchens
  • February 9, 1942 - June 6, 2017
  • West River, Maryland

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Bernard (Bernie) J. Houchens, 75, of West River, MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away surrounded by his family June 6, 2017, at Anne Arundel Medical Center due to complications from a stroke.

Born February 9, 1942, to the late Robert (Bob) and Mazie Houchens, he grew up in Charlottesville, VA, surrounded by his large, loving family. Bernard and his wife, Norma, moved to Maryland in 1962 where he worked as an auto mechanic until he retired in 2007. He enjoyed working on cars, woodworking, telling stories about the good old days, and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Norma L. Houchens; children Debbie Smith (Chuck), Sheryl Anderson (Bill), Wesley Houchens (Donna), Michael Frazier (Beverly), Shelley Houchens (Shaun), Patricia Rosedale (Bradley), and Gail Houchens; grandchildren Charlie and Lauren Smith, Justin and Kevin Anderson, Ryan and Devin Houchens, Garrett, Grant, Gavin, and Garth Frazier, Aaron and Melissa Rosedale, Joey and Kenny Mawyer, Ashley and Jennifer Robinson; great-grandchildren Kayla and Lacey Anderson and Gregory Houchens; sisters Phyllis Lumpkin (Raymond) and Mary Williams; and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bernard was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Houchens; sisters Ann, Alice, and Ruth; and his brother Robert Houchens.

Family and friends may call from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Teague Funeral Home, 2260 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 2:00 pm, followed by interment at Monticello Memory Gardens, 670 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902.