Rex Goodnight Couch

Rex Goodnight Couch

May 18, 1929 - January 7, 2018

Rex Goodnight Couch, born in Baytown, Texas on May 18, 1929, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 7, 2018. Rex lived a long and happy life and was always making new friends. He loved being around people but was also happy with a good book. He grew up in Baytown and attended Robert E. Lee High School, Lee College and Howard Payne University. He began working as a box boy for Humble Oil and Refining Company when he was 19 years old. At the age of 21, he joined the Air Force. He particularly loved being stationed in Alaska and made some wonderful memories there. Rex met the love of his life, Lois Black, on a blind date at an Air Force Squadron party. At the time, Rex was a training NCO for the Air Force. They married in Atlanta, moved to Baytown in 1954 and he returned to Humble Oil to begin his career.

He worked in many different areas of the refinery and the chemical plant with Humble Oil and subsequently Exxon over his 46 years with the company. He and Lois moved to west Houston to fulfill his last job prior to retirement as a marine planner for Exxon Chemical. He was proud to be a part of the Exxon family.

His parents were Reverend Everett Raymond and Mary Wilma Goodnight Couch. His father was the pastor of First Baptist Church, Baytown for 27 years and his mom and dad faithfully served the Lord through that ministry. Rex became a Christian at an early age and served in the church throughout his life by singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, serving as a Deacon and participating on many different committees. His faith was a priority in his life and for Lois, it was just as much a priority. During their lives, they were active members of First Baptist and Memorial Baptist, Baytown and First Baptist, San Marcos. After retirement, they made San Marcos their home, living on 5 acres in a ranch-like setting with all types of wildlife in their backyard. He became involved in the Texas Baptist Children’s Home Board and was committed to the success of their mission. They loved the hill country area and all the many friends they made. One of the dearest groups of friends were those of the “Lunch Bunch,” former Baytownians who had migrated to the hill country area.

Rex came from a musical family, was drawn to singing and enjoyed all types of music. He loved to read and collected all types of books. He also loved guns but wasn’t a hunter. He shot an elk in Alaska, it broke his heart and he never hunted again. But, he collected guns and loved talking about them. Rex and Lois enjoyed traveling and took repeated trips to Grand Lake and Estes Park, the balloon fest in Albuquerque, as well as England and Europe and always loved visiting friends who lived in other cities.

Rex was a wonderful father whose unconditional love for his daughter was obvious. His grandchildren were a delight and he loved spending time with them. Rex was a loving husband, father and grandfather who always took time for family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Rodney, and his still born child and infant son, John Wesley Goodnight Couch. He is survived by his sister, Gail Nelson, of Waco, nephew Monty Montgomery and niece Christy Morales. He is also survived by daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Chris Warford of Baytown, his grandson, Brandon Warford and wife, Kristen, of Waco, and their two daughters, Kylah and Kinsley and granddaughter, Lauren Williams and husband, Bob, of Houston and their daughter Kate.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to his those who took such wonderful care of Rex during his last few years: Irene Washington, Loretta Zeno, Jessica Salazar, the Wound Care Center at Houston Methodist Alexander campus, and Dr. Greg Terry who helped him through so many illnesses.

The family will hold a memorial visitation at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in the chapel of Memorial Baptist Church, 600 W. Sterling in Baytown with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund or the Texas Baptist Children’s Home, 1101 N Mays Street, Round Rock, TX 78664.

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Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521, 281-422-8111.

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