Charlie Thomas Horton, 98, formerly of Abilene, Texas, went to be home with his Lord on June 6, 2019. He is returning to his beloved Abilene for burial. Visitation will be at North Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A graveside service will be held at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Thursday, June 13, at 2:00 pm.
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Charlie was born October 14, 1920 in Comanche, Oklahoma, the 6th of 11 children to Virginia and Charley Horton. In 1925, the family moved to Lawn, Texas. Upon graduation from Lawn High School, Charlie joined the US Army. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, he met the love of his life, Lois Wilson. They were married June 11, 1942. Lois preceded him in death in 2016 just four months short of their 74th wedding anniversary.
During World War II, Charlie, along with 5 brothers volunteered to defend our country. He served in the Pacific Theatre with the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment. Their best-known battle was the February 1945 battle to recapture the island of Corregidor in the Philippines. He served as a member of General Douglas MacArthur’s security team upon the General’s return to the island.
After WWII, Charlie and his family spent 4 years in Germany where he was a star athlete on numerous Army sports teams. Chief among his many tours of duty was
his assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division where he served as Executive Officer of an artillery battalion during the Korean War.
As his final duty station, he was assigned to be the U.S. Army Artillery Advisor to the 51st Division, South Carolina National Guard. He and Lois could choose to live anywhere in South Caroline during the assignment, but chose Georgetown and never regretted that choice.
Major Charlie Horton retired in 1960 after 21 years of active duty and returned to Abilene, Texas where he and his oldest daughter enrolled at Hardin Simmons University. He completed his degree in Physical Education and was asked to remain there as a coach and teacher in the Physical Education Department. During that time, he completed his Masters Degree in History.
He later taught and coached for 17 years at Jim Ned High School in Tuscola and in the Abilene Public Schools, completing his career at Jefferson Junior High School.
In 2008, Charlie and Lois made the difficult decision to leave their wonderful friends in Abilene and moved to The Village of Gleanloch Farms in Spring, Texas to be close to their daughters.
Although Dad gave most of the credit for raising three daughters to his wife Lois, he was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had a keen sense of humor and was deeply committed to living a life of morality and hard work. He touched the lives of everyone he met, and leaves a void in the lives of many.
He is survived by his three daughters and son-in-laws; Betty and Dave Douglas of Fritch, Texas, Anita and Clint Miller of Spring, Texas, and Patricia Horton and David Wheatley of Tomball, Texas. He is preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters. He dearly loved his 6 grandchildren, Charlie Douglas, Jennifer Douglas Smith, Mark Miller, Alicia Miller Williamson, Eric Wheatley and Alan Wheatley.
He also cherished his 12 great grandchildren, Georgia Miller, Benjamin Miller, Caroline Williamson, Luke Williamson, Mark Williamson, Jackson Douglas, Gracie Douglas, Selah Smith, Scout Smith, Stone Smith, Rivas Wheatley, and Darrin Wheatley.
The family is grateful for the blessing of his long life. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Abilene Meals on Wheels.
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