OBITUARY

Waid Franklin Hornbuckle Jr.

November 4, 1943June 17, 2019
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Waid Franklin Hornbuckle Jr. went to sing with the Lord at age 75 on Monday morning, June 17, 2019 at home with his family by his side. Born to Waid Sr. and Bea Hornbuckle on November 4, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty J. Wood on December 30, 1963. Waid graduated from Kokomo High in 1961. He worked and retired from the Kokomo Postal Service. Waid loved life and enjoyed many hobbies including playing poker, pool, bowling, golf, fishing, making pottery, wood working, and working with the bobcat; along with many other activities. He also took great pleasure in being a good neighbor and friend to everyone. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Wayne (Angie Scott) Hornbuckle, and Shane Hornbuckle; grandchildren, Jennifer (Cory) Landis, and Leah Hornbuckle; great grandchild, Braxton Landis; and siblings, Jenette Young, Michael (Kim) Hornbuckle, Patsy Butcher, and Lisa Ford. In addition to his parents, Waid was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Nava. There will be a public visitation for Waid held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home on Friday, June 21st from 11-1, followed immediately by a funeral service. Waid will then be laid to rest at Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Waid’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILY

  • Waid Hornbuckle Sr, Father (deceased)
  • Bea Hornbuckle, Mother (deceased)
  • Betty J Hornbuckle, Wife
  • Wayne Hornbuckle, Son
  • Shane Hornbuckle, Son
  • Jenette Young, Sister
  • Michael Hornbuckle, Brother
  • Patsy Butcher, Sister
  • Lisa Ford, Sister
  • Mildred Nava, Sister (deceased)
  • Jennifer Landis, Grandchild
  • Leah Hornbuckle, Grandchild
  • Braxton Landis, Great Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Shane Hornbuckle
  • Wayne Hornbuckle
  • Jerry Wood
  • Michael Hornbuckle
  • Cory Landis
  • Bradley Leonard
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Public Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 21, 2019

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Biography

Waid was an individual who enjoyed life's challenges. Though he may have seemed complicated and unsociable, he was a wonderful man if you were lucky enough to get to know him. He possessed a tough-minded, "take charge" attitude.

       His parents were Bea (Perry) and Waid Hornbuckle Sr. Waid was raised with five siblings. He had four younger sisters, Jennette, Patsy, Lisa, and Mildred; and one younger brother, Michael. He was raised with a strong work ethic.

      
      As a young child, Waid showed his creative ability in many ways. Since he wasn't always great at communicating well, this was a good way for him to express himself. Waid enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests.

      Known to others as a focused, somewhat stubborn, yet driven individual, he was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1961. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was shop class. High school is also where he met the love of his life, Betty.

      Friends and acquaintances found Waid a hard man to get to know. Even so, once the connection was made, they were bonded with lifelong friendship. While growing up, some of his friends were Kenny Duggen and Mike Sheetz. Later in life, he became friends with Ron Abney, Wayne Flynn, Greg Cox, and Mike Sherrod.

      On December 30, 1963, Waid exchanged vows with Betty Joan Wood at Waid's mother's house in Kokomo, Indiana. Waid and Betty remarried on February 14, 1988 . Waid was attentive to Betty's feelings, and he charmed Betty and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. Waid was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Waid was blessed with two children, his sons, Wayne and Shane. They were also blessed with two granddaughters, Jennifer (Sunday) Landis and Leah Hornbuckle, and one great grandson, Braxton Landis.

      Waid was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Waid’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He was a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Waid was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He enjoyed new challenges. His primary occupation was letter carrier and custodian for the Kokomo Postal Service.

      Waid enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were poker, fishing, pottery making, woodworking, bowling, golf, pool, working with the bobcat, and remodeling houses. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Recreational sports included being on the post office bowling league, golf team, and softball team. He also enjoyed shooting pool. Waid was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, golf, and bowling.

      Waid was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Waid worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Waid was an active member of his neighborhood. His friends and neighbors would call him Mayor of his neighborhood. He and his poker friends had a top ten club.

      Waid’s natural leadership qualities placed him in consideration for public recognition, earning him accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included trophies won from bowling, golf, and pool.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Waid truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included fishing in Canada.

      Waid was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Waid’s favorites was Viva and Fluffy, both pomeranian dogs. They were best friends for he had Viva for 12 years, and Fluffy (who is still living) for 10 years.

       He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Waid remained in Kokomo following his retirement from Kokomo Postal Service. In retirement, he found new pleasure in collecting jewels, glass, antiques, and jewelry, and also by relaxing in the gazebo. His absolute favorite thing to do was play poker.

      Waid passed away on June 17, 2019 at at his home with his family by his side. Waid fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife, Betty Hornbuckle; children, Wayne (Angie Scott) and Shane Hornbuckle; grandchildren, Jennifer (Cory) Landis and Leah Hornbuckle; great grandchild, Braxton Landis; and siblings, Jennette Young, Michael (Kim) Hornbuckle, Patsy Butcher, and Lisa Ford. Services were held at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Waid was laid to rest in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana.

      Waid relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Waid had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Waid Franklin Hornbuckle Jr.