Dateline: March 21, 2002


Funeral services for Reece Alexander Hough, Jr., age 87, were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2002, in the Tenth Avenue United Methodist Church in Amarillo with Rev. Wendell Leach, Pastor, officiating.  Masonic graveside rites were held at 1:00 p.m. in Westpark Cemetery in Hereford by the Claude Masonic Lodge #719.  Arrangements were under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., in Clarendon.

Mr. Hough died Thursday, March 14, 2002, in Amarillo.  He was born June 19, 1914, in Hereford and had lived in Hereford; Canyon; Bovina; El Paso; Dallas; Denison; Vicksburg, MS; Conchas Dam, NM; Albuquerque, NM; and Claude.  At the time of his death, he was a resident of Amarillo.  He married Clara Lorine Combs on December 10, 1937, at Albuquerque, NM.  He was a civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers and later the Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque before retiring in 1960.  He was a 50-year Mason and served as Worshipful Master of Claude Lodge #719 in 1980 and 1981.  He was a member of the York Rite Bodies, Khiva Shrine Temple in Amarillo, and Ballut Abyad Shrine in Albuquerque since 1952.  He graduated from Canyon High School in 1931 and attended WTSTC in 1931 and 1932.  He began playing the clarinet in 1928 and had played in several bands and orchestras.  He was a member of the WT Band in 1932 and donated a B flat clarinet and wood series 9 and Selmer Bundy B flat clarinet and an original WT band sweater to Dr. Gary Garner, the WT band director.  He was a member of the 10th Avenue United Methodist Church in Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry W. Hough, in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Hough of Amarillo; two daughters, Elizabeth Phillips of Amarillo and Virginia A. Temme of Albuquerque, NM; one son, Thomas Reece Hough of Amarillo; one sister, Floy Oliver of Lubbock; seven grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Casket bearers were members of the Claude Masonic Lodge #719.

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