Terry Houston Day

February 5, 1936August 7, 2018
Play Tribute Movie

Terry Houston Day Jr., of Saginaw, TX, passed away on August 07, 2018, at the age of 82. Born in Fort Worth Texas on February 05, 1936, he was the son of Terry H. Day and his wife Nora (née Harper), who everyone called Dixie.

Terry (known to many as “Houston”), was an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA for 28 years. He received his initial training in air traffic control while in the US Air Force, and was stationed in London, England. He was always proud of the fact that he was able to retire from the FAA exactly one day before he turned fifty years of age.

After his retirement with the FAA, Terry and his wife Johnnie worked for several years at North Main BBQ in Euless, TX. Although he loved his job at the FAA, he often said that the FAA never allowed him to eat BBQ and drink beer while on the job!

Before settling in their home in Saginaw, Terry and Johnnie spent ten years traveling throughout the USA in their RV. He enjoyed getting together with his friends at various guitar sessions (pronounced Git Tar), to put on his cowboy hat and sing and play his guitar. He loved old cars, country music, pickup trucks, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, Whataburger, Coors beer, cooking (especially BBQ), vintage airplanes, acoustic guitars, Mexican food, cowboy boots, fried catfish, and peanut butter (not necessarily in that order). He loved his family, and they loved him. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of sixty-five years, Johnnie (née Babcock), who he always called “John” or “Johnnie Mae” (she enjoyed calling him Daddy’O), and his two sons, Terry Houston Day III (of McKinney, TX), and Dr. Jerry Edward Day (of Grapevine, TX).

Additional surviving family members include Debby Day (of N. Richland Hills, TX), George Kellner (of McKinney, TX), Melissa Fyffe (of Flower Mound, TX), Janice & Dr. Robert Fox and family (of Muskogee, OK), Tom & Arlene Butler and family (of Gulfport, MS), The Lovely Miss Beck Olp (of San Francisco, CA), Joey Dusch (of Corpus Christi, TX), Daniel & Madelene Dusch (of Austin, TX), Jerry & Ronda McCurry (of Ft. Worth, TX), Justin & Cindy McCurry and family (of Mansfield, TX), Jarrod McCurry (of Ft. Worth, TX), Donnie & Linda Sparks and family (of Milsap, TX), Clifton & Ruby Day and family (of Granbury, TX), Imogene Beene and family (of Longview, TX), Don & Frances Wilborn and family (of Cuba, AL), Monty Harper and family (of Ft. Worth, TX), and last but not least, his two beloved grandsons Myles Houston Day (of Madison, WI), and Trent Edward Day (of San Francisco, CA), who both called him “Poppy”.

In lieu of flowers, the Day family asks you to support the families of fallen police officers, and make a donation to Brotherhood for the Fallen of Fort Worth. You may do so by clicking on the link below.


  • Mike Towns, Pallbearer
  • Steve McDaniel, Pallbearer
  • Stan Blythe, Pallbearer
  • Tom Culbert, Pallbearer
  • Gary Childres, Pallbearer
  • Charlie Shelton , Pallbearer
  • The Late Doyle Sheppard, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Life Celebration Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Terry Houston Day

have a memory or condolence to add?

Monty Harper

August 19, 2018

The world is a better place and we are better people for being blessed by having Houston in our lives. He is probably still picking and sanging with his mom, between trips to his favorite fishing hole.
I will miss you Cuz, see ya later.

Leland Busbee

August 17, 2018

Our sincere condolences to Johnnie and family over the loss of Terry. He was a dear friend for many years and we shared many good times together visiting and playing music together. We pray that the good Lord will comfort each of you in your grief.

Al Cain

August 17, 2018

Johnnie, Keitha and I will always remember how you and Terry welcomed us to the country music scene after we arrived in Texas. You both made us feel so welcome, even though we were a couple Yankees! You both showed us love and concern during our difficult and challenging times, and I wish we could have been there with you during yours. I’ll miss looking to my right at the jam and not seeing Terry there, wondering just what the heck he was going to play! He will always be a charter member of the “White Hat Brigade.”

Steve McDaniel

August 15, 2018

Johnnie and family, Terry will be so missed. Even though I have not known you two very long, it was easy to become friends. That was evident today seeing all of your friends there to say goodbye. I will always remember the look that Terry would give me when I would play the wrong chord during one of his songs. He was quit a man and people would do good to replicate his joy girl life. Thank you for asking me to be a part of his services today.

Ann Knight

August 15, 2018

Dear Johnnie
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to you. You two enjoyed so many years together, I know you will feel as if a part of you is gone. I was planning to come to the service today but cannot. I will be thinking of you. It has been a long time since we saw each other. Best wishes to you.
Ann Knight

Dale Hillyer

August 14, 2018

My deepest condolences to TD's entire family and especially to Johnnie. I have special memories from days of travel with you two, Berlie & Barbara, Jim & Jackie. I'll have a big bite of chocolate just for you Johnnie Mae. It was my privilege to have worked with Terry for so many years. An excellent controller and a first rate Gentleman. He'll be missed my so many from the FAA. God bless and RIP TD......

Shelley Hollingshead

August 11, 2018

Johnnie and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of Terry. I was very sad hearing the news. I really enjoyed working with him . We are out of state and can’t attend his service. Johnnie I’ve always loved your laugh. We are praying for your family.

Wendy Miller

August 9, 2018

What a great man. Full of great stories and experiences and always willing to share them. Half of a dynamic duo marriage. I love this couple. Terry will be missed and was like a true family member. Terry will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences, Wendy Miller