James Leo Horner

December 10, 1944September 29, 2011

Mr. James Leo Horner, 66, passed away after a five month battle with lung cancer. He fought a valiant fight, but lost the battle the evening of September 29, 2011.

Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, Paul Horner and Carrie Bates Horner. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (Kathy) Horner, sons Randy Horner (Lori) and their children Adam and Lindsey, Paul Dillard, Mark Dillard and Lee Horner (Lynnette), sisters Pauline Tilley, and Peggy Jean (Billy) McCoy, plus nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Centerville High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served honorably during the Vietnam War. After Jim’s service to his country, he had a 30 year career with Delta Air Lines in Technical Operations as an Aircraft Mechanic, Project Manager and Lead Mechanic.

Jim never met a stranger, was quick to laugh and had a great sense of humor. He had a sincere interest in other people and always put his family first. Jim was a loving, fun-loving, kind and generous man. He always wanted to hear news and updates from family and friends even when he was so sick. He had many interests including his dogs, Peanut and Snoopy James; golf; fishing; hunting; boating; traveling all over the world; fine dining; poker including playing while on cruises and trips to gambling resorts with friends; bridge; NASCAR; beaches; snow skiing; watching birds; he enjoyed taking care his flower garden and photographing them as well. Jim had also been active with the Shriners. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.

A memorial service, with Rev. Carolynne Williams officiating, will be held on October 15th at 2PM in the chapel of H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill in Marietta. At a later date some of his ashes will be scattered over Beaver Dam Creek, his boyhood fishing hole; his remaining ashes will be buried in Centerville, TN.

Flowers may be sent or donations may be made in his memory to the Humane Society of Cobb County, 148 Fairground St. SE, Marietta, GA 30060 or made online at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 15, 2011

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Judy Boyce

September 24, 2012

It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since your sweet Jim left this earth to reside with our God. He's a happy camper and we all know that. Hopefully over time that thought will bring you some peace and comfort. We all love you and are here for you whenever you need us.

sherry kovar

October 20, 2011

Dear Kathy,
May God Bless you, and watch over you during this sad time. Gary and I will always remember all the laughs and good times shared with you and Jim at the Garner reunions, and in Galveston. Jim was a fun loving person, with a great personality! He will be missed, but in a better place now. I know he is smiling down on you and your family!!! Sending our love and hugs,
Sherry & Gary

October 15, 2011

Dear Kathy, We are thinking of you as you are having the memorial service celebrating Jim's life. What you have written is a beautiful tribute to him. He was a good man and we are grateful for the happiness you shared. We surely enjoyed him when the four of us spent a few days in San Antonio. We will keep you in our prayers and hope that you will gain strength and comfort from your strong faith and your good memories.
with our love, Ron and Carol Ann

Charles & Kathy Rainwater

October 14, 2011

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

October 14, 2011

Dear Kathy,
I met your wonderful Jim one time and the rest I knew of him was through your words each year at Christmas which I welcomed. It made me very happy to read your joy with Jim, and the immense love, happiness and fun times you shared. Our heart is so with you especially at this time, Kathy and all of you that loved Jim so very much. Paul and Dot Cafferty

Jim Cadenhead

October 13, 2011

I served with Jim at Blytheville 1966-1970 97th BombWing.My thought's and Prayer's are with you.GOD BLESS.

October 12, 2011

Dear Kathy
You and your family have been very much in my thoughts these days, and I want to express to you this very sincere word of sympathy. I am sure that you will always remember with great pride what Jim stood for and what he accomplished, and the high regard ln which he was held by all who knew him.
LindellBerry [Marietta GA]

Benny Coile

October 12, 2011

I have not seen or spoken to Jim in many years. I was shocked to hear of his passing. Jim was a good friend and a very upbeat person when we worked together at Delta line. I am sorry over your loss.
Benny Coile

Sandra Langford-Youngblood

October 11, 2011

Scott and I have so many memories of Jim and have been spending lots of time remembering each precious one. The thing that Scott and I loved about Jim the most was his straightforward honesty. He said what he meant and meant what he said. A true and rare quality that we so admire. God bless you and keep you during this difficult time. Our love and thoughts are with you always.

Scott and Sandra Youngblood

Kerry Winkler

October 11, 2011

Dear Kathy,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. We talked about Jim at our recent Air Force reunion in Mounds, Ill. Everyone who knew him respected him.

Air Force friend 1966 - 1970
Kerry Winkler