Watauga County Native & Long Time Local Hairdresser Passes After Battle With Cancer At Age 49

Last Updated on July 17, 2019 5:45 pm

Kimberly Hodges-Houck, age 49, of Clyde Cornett Rd., Vilas, passed away Monday evening, July 15, 2019 at her home, according to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory

Kimberly worked at Mountain Looks Hair Salon, a business started by her sister Teresa Hodges Riley. Teresa shares with that Kimberly had worked there since at least 2000.

Dava Church shares with, “I took this photo today moments after one of the most amazing women I knew took her flight home and I truly believe that God was the first rainbow showing us his abundant grace, mercy and love and the other rainbow was Kim showing us that she made it home and letting us know she is looking for us to come join her. Kim was an amazing person inside and out, kind, loving, laid back, caring, and strong. I know that if we get wings when we get to heaven hers are Snow White with Gold feathers strayed in here and there and I can’t wait to see them when I get there. Please pray for the family in this hard time. Love you all!

Obituary courtesy of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory

Kimberly Hodges-Houck, age 49, of Clyde Cornett Rd., Vilas, passed away Monday evening, July 15, 2019 at her home

Born January 2, 1970 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Lois Greene Hodges and the late Johnny Wilburn Hodges. Kim was a devoted Christian and a life-long member of Clarks Creek Baptist Church. She was well known for her radiant smile, her love for children, and her love for all her customers at Mountain Looks Hair Salon. Most of all, she loved her Lord and family. She always enjoyed riding horses in her spare time. 

    Kim is survived by her husband, Jerry Wayne Houck; her mother, Lois Hodges and companion, Neal Allison; sister, Teresa Hodges-Riley and husband, Jimmy, brother, John Hodges and wife, Megan, all of Banner Elk; son, Jake Houck and wife, Kate, and granddaughter, Hayden Houck, all of Sugar Grove; nieces Brianna and Emma Hodges; nephew, Dalton Hodges; and mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Lois Houck. Three uncles, six aunts, and numerous cousins also survive. 
    In addition to her father, Johnny Wilburn Hodges, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arlie and Wilma Hodges and Robert and Lillie Greene. 

    Funeral services for Kimberly Hodges-Houck will be conducted Thursday morning, July 18, at 11 oclock, at Clarks Creek Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor David Lunceford, Rev. Mike Townsend and Rev. Rick Critcher. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 oclock at Austin & Barnes. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 185 Clyde Cornett Road, Vilas, NC 28692.

    The family respectfully request no food. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607. 

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    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Houck family.

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