George A. Horton
January 2, 1915 ~ August 4, 2002
Resided in: Candler, NC
George Andrew Horton of Asbury Road, Candler, died Sunday, August 4, 2002, at Hospice Solace Center in Asheville. Born in the Reems Creek area of Buncombe County, he was a son of the late Amos Andrew Horton and Mary Jane Wheeler Horton Dillingham. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise Plemmons Horton, who died in 1997; a daughter, Patricia Ann Horton Blevins and two sisters, Evelyn Bowen and Ruby Bromilow. Mr. Horton moved to Sand Hill Road in Candler at an early age and was salutatorian of his graduating class at Sand Hill High School. He graduated from Spartanburg College in Spartanburg, SC. He retired from American Enka Corporation (BASF) after 43 years of service. He was an independent electrician and had his own electrical contracting business. Many of the older homes in the Enka/Candler area were wired by him. He was an avid gardener. A member of Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, he taught Sunday School for 63+ years, sang in the choir and was a member of the property committee. He was ordained as a deacon and an elder and had over 50 years of perfect attendance. He was named person of the year in 1992 and a Sunday School classroom is named in his honor. He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Horton Robinson of the home; four grandchildren, Keith Blevins and his wife Saundra of Wilmington, Morgan Blevins Colvard of Robbinsville, Beverly Robinson Curry of the home and Julie Blevins Woodard and her husband Earl of Swannanoa; four great-grandchildren, Connie Blevins, Kim Colvard, Isolde Curry and Patricia Butler; two sisters, Coe Combs and Jean Dempsey and her husband Bob of Asheville; one brother, Roy Horton of Marriottsville, MD and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Tim Meredith officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service and request that memorials be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, 880 Sand Hill Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.