Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
I hope most of you managed to stay dry during that crazy week of rain. My heart goes out to a lot of you in Elm Grove. Here’s hoping your recovery process is quick and as painless as possible.
Thomas E. Douthit, Jr. is a retired physician (OB-GYN), who practiced in the Houston area for over 30 years. He married Doris in 1950 and joined the Air Force right after medical school, stationed in Alaska. After Alaska, Thomas, Doris and their three sons moved to Fort Worth where he practiced medicine and attended seminary. He then accepted a calling for the family, which by this time added two daughters, to Korea as medical missionaries. He and Doris were married for almost 60 years before she passed away. Thomas celebrated his 90th birthday surrounded by over 150 family members and friends from far and wide at the First Presbyterian Church Kingwood Fellowship Hall. Well-wishers included Paul and Marylyn Douthit, Mark and Nan Douthit, Bruce and Susan Douthit, Scott and Ann Douthit Petersen, John and Dawn Douthit Hinkle and a whole lot of Thomas’s 32 grandchildren, their spouses and 16 great-grandchildren. Also attending the celebration were long-time family friends Lloyd Hinkle and Vicki Pacek, who came in from Granbury, and Susan Burroughs who made the trip from Dallas. Friends from FPCK, South Main Baptist Church, Korea and Kingwood enjoyed an assortment of his favorite cheeses, a selection of lemonades, five different flavors of cake and a family favorite from their years in Korea, mandu – the Korean version of dumplings. Happy birthday, Dr. Douthit!
I want to take a moment to tell you all about a remarkable man. I didn’t know Keith Isbell for very long at all. I first met him a year ago when I volunteered for the In The Pink Luncheon and he was our keynote speaker. Finding out we had very good friends in common (Dan and Janet Huberty) was a bonus and meant Daniel and I got to spend a little more time getting to know him and his wife, Annette, better. I was incredibly honored to be asked to cater a milestone 50th birthday party for Keith, who owned a whole passel of restaurants. Finding out that my birthday was just days apart from his, Annette’s, son Zach’s and daughter Sophie’s birthdays, he made sure everyone wished me a happy birthday as well; he was just that kind of guy. Keith challenged each person to be the best version of themselves. He brought that challenge, vision and purpose to those alongside him on the cancer and heart-disease battlefields. He wanted to point them towards hope and life. Keith left a legacy in every area of his very full life – family, career, faith and community. He wanted to point others to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Keith would be the first to tell you that school and all things academia were not his strong suit. However, anyone who knew him knew he was a storyteller, and he had quite the story to tell. Although Keith never read a book cover to cover, he decided to author one. He wanted to tell the story of how God had always been with him and how his life was “Anchored by Grace.” I was so saddened when I heard of his passing. The private family service included Annette, Zach and Sophie; his father Tom Isbell and wife Leslie; his sister Leslie Alger and husband John, and their sons Justin and wife Lindsay, Jacob and wife Brooke, Andre, and Dante; his sister Julie Bergemann and husband Aaron and children Brittany, Clay, Crockett and Reagin; his brother Kyle’s daughters: Morgan, Montana, Madison and husband Iverson, and Meagin and husband Shane and children Scarlett and Everett; along with a host of loving cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Kevin Alvarado, Craig Chambers, Jamie Coumbe, Jeff Coumbe, Greg Garvey, Tres Godfrey, Warren Johnson, Danny Reed, Mark Smith, Eric Thompson and David White. A celebration of Keith’s life was held at The Woodlands Church Atascocita nine days later and the place was packed with family, friends and people whose lives he had touched in one way or another. Keith would have loved it. Two scholarships have been created representing several of his biggest passions: Christ and community. Keith was passionate about Jesus and had a heart for the next generation. A scholarship has been created to help students attend summer camp and experience Jesus. To donate, send checks payable to Woodlands Church, or visit pushpay.com/g/woodlands/Atascocita Campus and add memo: “In Memory of Keith Isbell.” Keith was also passionate about baseball and his community, so a baseball scholarship is being established in his name. Send checks payable to Davis Days Foundation, P.O. Box 817, Pearland, Texas 77588 or davisdays.org/DonateToday and add memo: “In Memory of Keith Isbell.”
A Tribune “tip of the hat” to the newest grads of the Lake Houston Chamber’s Leadership Lake Houston. The mood was festive and the champagne flowed at Raffa’s in Kings Harbor as Jessica Beemer, Councilmember Dave Martin’s ace chief of staff, raised her flute in honor of the 19 grads. She gave an Irish toast, appropriate since she just spent two weeks on the Emerald Isle: “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you’ve gone too far.” Chamber Chair Sam Schrade gave the group three keys to success: “Be really, really good. Learn to form alliances. Don’t screw it up.” Wishing the new grads well were Chamber President Jenna Armstrong, Devon Alexander, Deborah Rose Miller (who’s on her way to Mexico for a vaycay), Jason Stuebe, Chris O’Dell, Betti Welch, Amanda Petrie (who encouraged the grads to get involved), Dru Guitierrez, Natalie Cras, Jennifer Gisclair, Judge Laryssa Korduba and Tom Broad. Erica Johnston and Adam McAlpine, the class’ program chairs, emceed the celebration. Despite all the networking and congratulating going on, it was tough not to gaze out at the beautiful view at Raffa’s where Tony Raffa had prepared Cajun pasta or chicken alfredo – your choice. Let’s give an Irish cheer to Leadership Lake Houston Class 8: Tony Benitez, Christopher Butsch, Alfredo Cavazos, Dana Goldman, Elizabeth Harden, Tracy Hobson, Janet Huberty, John Ko, Dr. Robert Meaux, Hayley Merrill, Tracie Mieth, Mark Mitchell, Jill Morrison, Dr. Troy Roddy, Nikki Roux, Danny Sawyer, Emily Stander and Donna Washington. Class 9 will begin in September. Contact Chris O’Dell at the chamber for details: 281-446-2128.
I hope to see a lot of you at The Nathaniel Center on May 31 for Courage in Hope, a fundraiser for Camp Hope and the PTSD Foundation of America. Listen to Congressman Dan Crenshaw, taste some Megaton beer (brewed right here in Kingwood), and have a very fun night with the famous Pete’s Dueling Pianos.