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Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA

OBITUARY

Thomas "Skip" Abbitt Horsley Jr.

September 9, 1930July 6, 2019
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Thomas “Skip” Abbitt Horsley, Jr., 88, of Madison Heights passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of 55 years to Carolyn Sheppard Horsley. Born September 9, 1930, in Madison Heights, he was the son of the late Thomas Abbitt Horsley, Sr. and the late Ruth Taylor Horsley.

Skip was a retired operating engineer for the Union Local 147, and a member of Elon Baptist Church. He also served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Branch.

In addition to his wife, Skip is survived by his three children, Matthew William Horsley of Raleigh, NC, Mark Abbitt Horsley (Dana McGann) of Lynchburg and Jennifer Horsley Filkoski (Paul) of Montross; four grandchildren, Megan Taylor Horsley, Thomas Paul Filkoski, Stephen Matthew Filkoski and Sonny Lawrence Filkoski; and other loving family members and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Elon Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Tyree officiating. Interment will follow at the Elon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Whitten Monelison Chapel and at other times at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas Abbitt Horsley, Sr., Father
  • Ruth Taylor Horsley, Mother
  • Carolyn Branch, Sister
  • Carolyn Sheppard Horsley, Wife
  • Matthew William Horsley, Son
  • Mark Abbitt Horsley, Son
  • Dana McGann Horsley, Daughter-in-law
  • Jennifer Horsley Filkoski, Daughter
  • Paul Filkoski, Son-in-law
  • Megan Taylor Horsley, Granddaughter
  • Thomas Paul Filkoski, Grandson
  • Stephen Matthew Filkoski, Grandson
  • Sonny Lawrence Filkoski, Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Paul Filkoski
  • Thomas Filkoski
  • Stephen Filkoski
  • Brian Pick
  • Megan Horsley
  • Ryan Hedrick
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Thomas "Skip" Abbitt Horsley Jr.

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Rob Pearson

July 9, 2019

Carolyn I am so sorry for your loss of your dear Skip. What a great kind and genuine man, I was so fortunate to get to know you both from my time living at the old Hans hill . I’m at the beach and sorry to miss the funeral but thinking of you and your family.

Rob Pearson

Fred Ochsner

July 8, 2019

Carolyn, I was very sorry to read that Skip has died. You and I worked together for nearly 30 years, and I know how close you and Skip were together. I wanted you to know my thoughts are with you and hope that your many years together with Skip will carry you through this difficult time. Fred Ochsner

Sheran Scott

July 8, 2019

Skip introduced Jesus Christ to me around age 9, in the form of a Classics Illustrated Comics about the Life of Jesus Christ. This visual "Gospel" touched my soul and planted the seed which led me to give my heart & soul to Jesus Christ as Savior the summer I was 10. He gave me my first Bible for my 12th birthday, which gave me the foundation on which to build my faith. His life paralleled his testimony of the Lord. I look forward to the day I can see Skip again in heaven and say, "Thank you!"

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Biography

Thomas “Skip” Abbitt Horsley, Jr., 88, of Madison Heights passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of 55 years to Carolyn Sheppard Horsley. Born September 9, 1930, in Madison Heights, he was the son of the late Thomas Abbitt Horsley, Sr. and the late Ruth Taylor Horsley.

Skip was a retired operating engineer for the Union Local 147, and a member of Elon Baptist Church. He also served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his parents, Skip was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Branch.

In addition to his wife, Skip is survived by his three children, Matthew William Horsley of Raleigh, NC, Mark Abbitt Horsley (Dana McGann) of Lynchburg and Jennifer Horsley Filkoski (Paul) of Montross; four grandchildren, Megan Taylor Horsley, Thomas Paul Filkoski, Stephen Matthew Filkoski and Sonny Lawrence Filkoski; and other loving family members and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Elon Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Tyree officiating. Interment will follow at the Elon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Whitten Monelison Chapel and at other times at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com.

Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family, (434) 929-5712.