William "Bill" Horne Sr.

October 22, 1951March 30, 2021

William (“Bill”) Horne, Sr. passed away peacefully with family by his side on March 30, 2021 at age 69, after a brief but aggressive illness. Born in Charlotte, NC, Bill was the first son of William and Gloria Horne. He attended Charlotte Country Day School and later graduated from Myers Park High School in 1970. His education continued at UNC Chapel Hill, and he later earned his Bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte. Bill was a member and served as a young acolyte at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte. More recently, he also served as an active member and usher at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte.

In addition to a deep devotion to his Christian faith, Bill was passionate about his numerous hobbies and interests, not the least of which included aviation, boating, and playing music. He was an avid guitar player, an outstanding water skier, and a virtual encyclopedia of historical aviation knowledge. His natural gifts in physics and engineering also led to deep interests in solar energy, infrared heating, and steam engine technology. Most recently, his lifelong passion for aviation culminated in his volunteer work for Carolinas Aviation Museum. He is preceded in death by his parents. Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Betty; his two brothers, Gordon and David; his son, William (“Buck”) Horne, Jr.; and his beloved granddaughter, Gloria Grace.

For all who wish to attend, the memorial service for Bill Horne will be held on Tuesday, April 6, at 11:30 am at Christ Episcopal Church. We also invite you to join the live broadcast at In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be directed to Christ Episcopal Church.


  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021


William "Bill" Horne Sr.

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Martha Cheves

April 7, 2021

I'm hurt for the family in their loss. I didn't know Bill very long but the time I did know him memorable. My heart goes out to his family. May the pain ease with every passing day and may the memories grow in their place.
Love to all of you
Martha and John

Pam Stroupe

April 5, 2021

I knew Bill and Betty from their visiting his Dad. Bill always had a smile and a hello for you. Betty my prayers are with you.

Peggy Gloor

April 4, 2021

I came to know Bill when I cared for his Dad. He was a wonderful person, truly devoted to his family. My thoughts and prayers to his wife Betty and his family. So sorry for or loss. He will be missed by all.

Charlie Beeson

April 3, 2021

I’m sorry that I won’t be able to attend.the service but I want to share a little story that Gordon may remember. Back in 1970 something we decided to go hiking on the AT and drove up to where I 40 passes through the gorge on its way to Tennessee. We found a place to park and hiked up to a shelter on the AT. That night a group of mountain boys came into our camp with whiskey and spent a while visiting. When we went back down the mountain we found the tires and part of the engine were gone off the car. Fortunately Bill had a credit card and we ended up buying probably the same tires and parts back from a local shop. Ha

Bonnie & Jose Valls

April 1, 2021

Betty and Family, So very saddened to
hear of Bill's passing. May he rest in
Eternal Peace and may you find comfort
in our Lord . Bill will live on in all our memories.

Jim Phelps

March 31, 2021

This was a huge shock. After almost fifty years, I reconnected with Bill in 2018 and found that we had a common interest in aviation. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Jim Phelps

Charlie Beeson

March 31, 2021

This news was quite a shock. I want to extend my sympathy to everyone in the family. I haven’t seen Bill for many years but we were once good friends and spent a lot of time together. My wife Lynne and I are currently in Brevard, NC but will be leaving soon in our camper to travel out west. If someone could let me know how this happened I would appreciate it. Again my condolences to everyone. Charlie Beeson