Dessie Houlk


Dessie Bell “Granny” Burgess Houlk, 86, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in a local health care facility.

She was the daughter of the late Jesse and Elizabeth Green Burgess; and was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Adam Houlk Sr.; her daughter, Sandy Houlk; her son, Charles A. Houlk Jr.; her sisters: Willie Blair and Jewell Hollander; her brother, Herbert Andrew Burgess; her mother and father-in-law, Charlie and Martha Houlk; and several aunts and uncles.

"Granny," as she was affectionately known, was a former employee of Magic Chef and Tennessee Enamel, but her main job was a homemaker for her family.

She is survived by her daughters: Carolyn Mallen and Candy Lawson; her grandsons: Chris Carden and his wife, Melissa, Corey Carden, Chad Houlk, Ales Lawson, Andrew Lawson and his wife, Jennae, and Michael Lawson Jr.; her great-grandson, Zaryk Grant; her son-in-law, Michael Lawson Sr.; her brothers: Arnold Ray Burgess and Verbon Burgess; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 11 o’clock Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services Wildwood Avenue Chapel, with Pastor Rob Works officiating.

The interment will follow at New Friendship Baptist Church cemetery, with Barry Evans, Stacey Smith, Robert Miller, Daryl colloms, Thomas Wray and Robbie Works serving as casket bearers.

The family will receive friends Friday, from 5 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

We encourage you to share your memories, and or condolences, with "Granny’s" family by going to


No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment


Print subscribers have FREE access to by registering HERE

Non-subscribers have limited monthly access to local stories, but have options to subscribe to print, web or electronic editions by clicking HERE

We are sorry but you have reached the maximum number of free local stories for this month. If you have a website account here, please click HERE to log in for continued access.

If you are a print subscriber but do not have an account here, click HERE to create a website account to gain unlimited free access.

Non-subscribers may gain access by subscribing to any of our print or electronic subscriptions HERE