Howard Lynn DeViney
Howard Lynn DeViney, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Addington Place of Meyerland. He was the widower of Patricia Infanti DeViney. They shared 54 years of marriage together.
Born in Beeville, Texas, on September 2, 1941, he was the son of Gwendolyn and Howard Lynn Sr. The DeViney family relocated to Bellaire, Texas, where he attended Condit Elementary, Pershing Middle, and graduated from Bellaire High School in 1959. Following graduation, he honorably served in the United States Army, and attended some college at Sam Houston State University.
He married Patricia Infanti on July 1, 1967. His son Allan Anthony was born in 1969, followed by younger son Darrick Braden in 1975. He worked for J.C. Penney Corporation for over 30 years, selling everything from shoes to furniture. Naturally charismatic and charming, Howard was a born salesman. Howard raised his family in Southwest Houston, with Bellaire remaining the epicenter of his world, throughout his life. He enjoyed taking his family on frequent trips to the Hill Country, where his parents and extended family had settled in Martindale, near San Marcos. He remained close to his parents throughout their lives.
Howard enjoyed fishing with his sons, as well as attending their sporting events. He was a lifelong fan of Houston sports, including the Astros, Rockets, and Texans. But above all, he loved rooting for the Houston Oilers. In his later years, Howard enjoyed taking his wife to eat at nice local Houston restaurants. He loved to relax, watching old western movies, sports, and political news. He was a fan of Elvis Presley and loved hot rods, muscle cars, and beautiful blondes. He was well known for his Southern charm, calling ladies ‘doll’ and ‘darlin’, and having a quick-witted comeback for any remark. He loved to tell silly jokes, sing silly songs, and affectionately tease those around him. He loved to play cards and dominoes. Howard loved his grandchildren, who called him Pop. Even when names escaped him, he knew they were his grandbabies, and always had a silly joke or affectionate squeeze for them. His sons were an immense source of pride as well, and we have been told he enjoyed pointing out their photographs to his caretakers in assisted living. He never quite recovered from his wife’s death in 2013, as she had taken wonderful care of and provided great companionship to him since the day they were married. His family is comforted in knowing that they are reunited in heaven, and that he is whole of mind and body once more.
Howard is preceded in death by his parents, sister Dinah, and wife and Patricia Infanti DeViney. He is survived by his son Allan of Idaho, Darrick and wife Lisa, of Houston, TX, and their children Dylan, Connor and Madeleine.
Please join us for a celebration of Howard’s life. Viewing and visitation will be held at Carnes Funeral Home, in South Houston from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Graveside prayers and burial will occur on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Humphrey Cemetery in Martindale, Texas.