April 13, 1913 ~ March 20, 2009

Born in: Yancey Co., NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Kenneth Johnson Horton, 95, of Asheville, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2009, at Aston Park Health Care Center. Mr. Horton was the son of the late Richard Whittington and Nellie Serena McIntosh Horton, of Yancey Co. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary L. Horton; and siblings, Evelyn Roberts, Burnie Porter Horton, Jack McClinton Horton, and Eva Clark Herron. Mr. Horton moved to Asheville with his family in 1922. He was a plant supervisor at American Enka, where he was an employee for 42 years, and the first recipient of the Philip B. Stull award for Innovative Ideas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was also a member of the Asheville Wesleyan Church. Mr. Horton is survived by his daughter, Patsy H. Williams, and son, Kenny Horton, both of Asheville; grandchildren, Timothy Scott Ownbey, Steven Ownbey, Roy Allen Williams, all of Asheville, and Alison Keely Horton and Sarah Megan Horton, both of Chapel Hill, NC; great-grandchildren, Thomas, Alex, Kaitlyn, and Marcie Ownbey, Mitchell Horton, and Hannah Williams; and sister, Mabel Comitz, of Garden City, Long Island, NY. A graveside service for Mr. Horton will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Green Hills Cemetery with the Rev. Archie Fulkerson, of the Asheville Wesleyan Church, officiating. Mr. Horton's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Patsy, Kenny,& Grandchildren
    We hope you are able to find comfort in the many happy memories of your Dad. His visits to Langford Branch have already been missed. Ken loved this area and his relatives and he always showed it. The special things about him will live inside our heart forever; our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Nick, Nancy & King Family

  2. Tim we are so sorry for the passing of your Grandfather.He was such a very special man.Vada and I looked forward to his visit in the Deli.Every time I make bread pudding I think of him.Your Grandfather loved my bread pudding.We always tried to fix something extra special for him. We all miss his visit with us.We know God will be with you and your family.

  3. Uncle Ken was a good-hearted soul, and always kind to me. He also had the best vegetable garden EVER! And the great thing was, he kept gardening until he was 92. What an inspiration to me as I go about my garden tasks. I will miss him – he is a big part of my childhood memories.

  4. Dear Pat and Family
    You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Ruby and I are unable to come but
    send you are sympathy.



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