Roy Thomas Horton, 94, of Sweetwater, formerly of Winnie and San Angelo, Texas, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Nolan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A graveside service will be held at the Sinton Cemetery in Sinton, Texas, on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Rick Vire officiating. McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.
Roy was born in Walcott, Arkansas, on Jan. 24, 1917 to Arthur Thomas and Rozeler Turner Horton. His early life was spent in Arkansas and Oklahoma before his family moved to San Patricia County in South Texas.
On Oct. 1, 1934, Roy joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and served in Rockport, Kenedy, and Taylor, Texas, until his discharge on Sept. 30, 1937. He again served his country during World War II. He served with the US Army, 1777th Engineer Construction Battalion, as a heavy duty truck driver and construction machine operator in Europe and the Asiatic-Pacific from April 24, 1944 to September 30, 1946.
On July 26, 1938, Roy married Laura M. Fulcher in Beeville, Texas. Soon after, he was employed by the Plymouth Oil Company in Sinton. He worked as a pumper and gauger for various companies across Texas until his retirement from Occidental Petroleum Company in 1982. Laura passed away on March 9, 1992.
Roy was a Baptist. In 1957, he was ordained as a deacon at Belmore Baptist Church in San Angelo. He served in that capacity at several churches in Texas until he moved to Sweetwater in 2000. At the time of his death, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Stowell, Stowell, Texas.
He is survived by two sisters, Iva Stanley of Corpus Christi and Ruby Collier of Sinton, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Billye Cannon of Wimberley and Margaret Caffey of Rockdale, Texas; a daughter, Dr. Nancy Jobes of Sweetwater; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was a loving, nurturing and devoted son, brother, husband, father and friend. He enjoyed life to the fullest, was a devout Christian and the pillar of his family. He loved God and lived both his faith and his convictions. When called upon for help, he always went regardless of the task to be accomplished, its difficulty or complexity. Family and friends will be forever blessed by the examples he set as they celebrate and rejoice in his life. He will be dearly missed.
Royâ€™s hobbies included fishing, growing pecans and raising honeybees. He and his fishing buddy, Roy Oliver of Winnie, Texas, spent many hours trolling the rivers and bays of southeast Texas. When not on the water, Roy loved raising pecans and honeybees. He was dedicated to grafting the trees, caring for them and harvesting the pecans. The beekeeping business was even more time consuming than the pecan trees. For several years he maintained more than 500 sets of honeybees, grew his own queens and produced many barrels of honey, some of which he sold in quarts and pints under his own label.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of oneâ€™s choice.