had Minden roots

He was handsome, had good genes and could sing.

David Houston
* 09. Dez. 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana His gravestone reads born 1935
+ 30. Nov. 1993

He is best known for the song

Almost Persuaded.

“Almost persuaded” now to believe;
“Almost persuaded” Christ to receive;
Seems now some soul to say,
“Go, Spirit, go Thy way,
Some more convenient day
On Thee I’ll call.”

“Almost persuaded,” come, come today;
“Almost persuaded,” turn not away;
Jesus invites you here,
Angels are lingering near
Prayers rise from hearts so dear;
O wanderer, come!

“Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
“Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last!
“Almost” cannot avail;
“Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail—
“Almost,” but lost!

He is not interred with this family in the Minden Cemetery.

Section A Southeast Minden Cemetery

Mary Elizabeth Houston Born in Pipe County, MS. 28 February 1841
died 15 Feb. 1859
w/o J.N. Oliver

Thomas Houston born in Pike Co. MS 10 Sep. 1837
Died 4 Mar. 1852 aged 14 yrs, 5 Mos 25 days
son of James & Elizabeth Houston

HOUSTON, Felix James 1852- 1928
Born in MS; md. ca 1883 to Mary Bush (Wonder if she was related to #41 and #43?)

1860 - 1942
CHILDREN; Rosa, Nancy, Nena, Eugene
Born in La.

20 Dec. 1889 - 19 Mar. 1961

15 Dec. 1894 - 12 Apr. 1978

The Houston family once owned the home on Goodwill and Marshall Street in Minden, Louisiana still stands.

David Houston


b. 9 December 1938, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA, d. 30 November 1993, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. Houston's forefathers included Sam Houston, who fought for Texas's independence from Mexico, and the Civil War general Robert E. Lee. His parents were friends of 20s singer Gene Austin, who was his godfather and encouraged his talent. Houston made his debut on Louisiana Hayride when aged only 12. He continued with his studies and, encouraged by his manager, Tillman Franks, made a one-off single for Sun Records in Memphis, "Sherry's Lips"/"Miss Brown". In 1963 he was signed to Epic Records, who wanted to break into the country market. His first release, "Mountain Of Love", made number 2 in the US country charts, and was followed by further hits including "Livin' In A House Of Love" and "Sweet, Sweet Judy". In 1966, a song partly written by his producer Billy Sherrill, "Almost Persuaded", topped the US country charts and also made the Top 30. It established him as one of country music's top balladeers, and he had further country chart-toppers with "With One Exception", "My Elusive Dreams" (a duet with Tammy Wynette), "You Mean The World To Me", "Have A Little Faith", "Already In Heaven" and "Baby Baby (I Know You're A Lady)'. He also appeared in the 1967 country film Cotton-Pickin" Chicken Pluckers. He never repeated his success with Tammy Wynette and she says in her autobiography, Stand By Your Man, "If he was the last singer on earth, I'd never record with him again". However, Houston has recorded several successful duets with other singers, including "I Love You, I Love You" and "After Closing Time", with Barbara Mandrell. His last Top 10 country success was with "Can't You Feel It?" in 1974, and when he left Epic, he recorded with seven other labels. During his career, Houston had seven number 1 country records and 61 chart entries, the last, "A Penny For Your Thoughts Tonight Virginia", a minor hit on the Country International label in 1989. In 1991, he appeared in the UK at Wembley's International Festival of Country Music. Houston, who joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1972, made his last appearance on the show on 6 November 1993. He suffered a ruptured brain aneurism and remained in a coma until his death five days later. He is remembered by his country music associates for his knowledge of the music and its artists.



The Houston Home on Marshall Street in Minden, Louisiana

     SECTION A SOUTHEAST Minden City Cemetery

Mary Elizabeth Houston born in Pike County MS 28 February 1841 died 15 February 1919 Wife of J. N. Oliver                                                   Thomas Houston Born in Pike County, Mississippi 10 September 11837 died 4 March 1852, aged 14 years, 5 months 25 days son of James & Elizabeth Houston Felix James Houston born 1852 died 1929 born in Mississippi; married in 1883 to Mary Bush    Gene Houston, Sr. born 11 April 1860 died 1942; Children: Rosa, Nancy, Nena, Eugene (Born in Louisiana)  Mary BUSH Houston born in 1860 died in 1942 Children: Rosa, Nancy, Nena, Eugene (Born in Louisiana) Rosa HOUSTON born 20 December 1889 died 12 April 1978                                                                                                                                           

 Nena Houston born 15 December 1894 died 12 April 1978