Horton, William Wiley

World War II Veteran Retired From E.I. DuPont

  • Monday, April 13, 2020
William Horton
William Horton

William Wiley Horton, 98, formerly of Red Bank, Tennessee, died on April 13, 2020, at his home in Apison, Tennessee.

Mr. Horton was born on Oct. 16, 1921, in Cleveland, Tn. the son of (late) Andy Theron and Velva (Kenney) Horton. Mr. Horton married his sweetheart Betty Jo Stone for 58 years until her death. He and his wife enjoyed travel and their family. Mr. Horton was a member of Christ United Methodist in East Brainerd and a member of Red Bank Baptist Church until relocating to East Brainerd. He was a life time member of Alhambra Shrine and Red Bank Masonic Lodge. 

He was preceded in death by his son, William Wiley Horton, Jr.

He is survived by his son, Mitchel Theron Horton, daughters; Patricia Horton (Thomas) Jarvis, Karen Nance Horton, and Susan Horton Clark, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

William could accomplish anything he set his mind to do as he was highly motivated and resourceful. He had many military accomplishments and awards.  He will be remembered as outgoing, witty with numerous hobbies. He built houses after his retirement and an avid coin collector. He hiked The Blue Beaver Trail, and at the time was the oldest man to hike the old Boy Scout Trail on Lookout Mountain at age 77 with his grandson and Boy Scout Troup. Mr. Horton served in the United States Army during World War II in Europe. He continued his career in the National Guard and was a military instructor at TMA in Smyrna, Tn. where he later retired as Sargent Major and also retired from E.I. Du Pont in Chattanooga, as an engineer specialist, though he held many other positions.

A funeral service with full military honors will be held at a later date to be announced.

Arrangements are entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415, 423 877-3524, lanefh.com.

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