August 18, 1922 – September 17, 2013
F. Raymond Coons born August 18, 1922 to Ray and Nelle Coons in Houston, Texas, passed away at his home in Houston, September 17, 2013. Raymond grew up in the Houston Heights, He graduated from from Reagan High School where he was an outstanding athlete, receiving a track scholarship to Rice University. Raymond proudly served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he returned to Houston, married Floy Wynne, worked for the 1st National Bank while completing his degree at the University of Houston. He then went to work for the Prudential Insurance Company Home Office and retired after over 30 years when the Home Office closed. He then went to work for the IRS, retiring in 2000 with 19 years of government service. Raymond spent many years offciating basketball games and umpiring girl softball games. He and Floy had a house at Jamaica Beach and had many wonderful times there with family and friends. Raymond was a lifetime member of Heights Christian Church and an active member of VFW Post #8790. Raymond was preceded in death by Floy, his wife of 54 years, and his brothers, Donald and Paul Coons. He is survived by daughters, Diane Mills and husband Dick and Cathy Edwards and husband John. He leaves 5 grandchildren, Minot Edwards and wife Lauretta, Jennifer Mills Martin, and husband Benoit, Laura Edwards-Smith, Christopher Mills and Kimberly Mills Tutor. He was proud of his 7 great-grandchildren, Kali, Blake, Emma, Kennedy, Layla, Savannah and Tristan. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lucy Coons, several nieces and nephews and many friends, including special friend, Betty Burns. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Heights Funeral Home. His funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2013 at Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77008. The service will be conducted by Rev. Herschel Moore and Rev. Harry Meissner. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
- Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2013
- Funeral Service Monday, September 23, 2013
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September 24, 2013
On behalf of the Crowe-Romero family from California, we want to extend our sincere condolences to the Coons family. We only met Ray for the first time in 2010 but our Crow(e) roots go back to his great grandfather, Dr. William H.H. Crow (1824-1913) and his little brother Dr. James P. Crow (1842-1907 my great grandfather). Meeting Ray and his daughters Diane and Cathy was a highlight of a historical Crow family reunion in Los Angeles. Nothing short of "divine intervention" made his presence possible at the reunion. Over 100 of his new found Crow relatives had the opportunity to sing Happy Birthday to Ray (his 88th) and personally meet him. His kindness and very pleasant smile will remain forever etched in our memories.
September 23, 2013
I sure am blessed to have gotten to know you Raymond. Diane and Cathy take care and we will be in touch. Love, Rita & Mike Johns. Uncle Bill Crow sends his best to you and your family.
September 22, 2013
My condolences to your family during this time of grief.
September 22, 2013
To the Coons Family and Betty - Raymond was a good man and I loved him like a Grand Father He will be truly missed by His Family, Friends, Heights Christian Church Family.
Heights Christian Church
September 21, 2013
Dear Diane, Cathy and family: I am so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. The pictures you have posted of him tell the story of his life; I enjoyed looking at them and seeing all the memories he made over the years with all those who he loved. Hugs to you. Vicki Crow Doctor
September 21, 2013
I remember many great times at the Coon's home when growing up being friends with Cathy. Mr.Coons was like a second dad to me during that time. A gentle giant of man that love his Lord and family. Prayers for the entire family because I know how much you will miss this dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle.
September 20, 2013
Raymond was a Great American. He loved his Lord and wife and family and his country. Raymond didn't say much but when he spoke everyone listen. May God Bless his family and comfort them.