William Russell Houck

William Russell Houck (July 26, 1926 – March 9, 2016) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served in the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, as auxiliary bishop and then as bishop from 1979 to 2003.


Born in Mobile, Alabama, Houck was ordained a priest on May 19, 1951, for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile.

On March 28, 1979, he was named auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Jackson and titular bishop of Alexanum.[1]

Houck was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Jackson on April 11, 1984, and was installed on June 5, 1984.

On January 3, 2003, Bishop Houck retired.[1]

Houck died on March 9, 2016, at St. Dominic's Hospital, of complications following heart surgery.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop William Russell Houck". catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Former Catholic bishop William Houck dies". WAPT. March 9, 2016. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved February 3, 2019.

Episcopal successionEdit

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Joseph Bernard Brunini
Bishop of Jackson
Succeeded by
Joseph Nunzio Latino
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Jackson
Succeeded by