OBITUARY

William Robert "Bill" Horton

October 20, 1942August 31, 2019
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William Robert “Bill” Horton passed peacefully from this life on August 31, 2019. He was surrounded by his loving family and caregivers during the last days of his life. Bill was born on October 20, 1942 in Raleigh, NC; son of the late Wilbur Horton and Odelle Woolard Horton. He was raised in Washington, NC with brothers Edward Earl Horton (Lou) and the late James Wilbur Horton.

Bill joined the United States Air Force after his graduation from high school. Following four years of military service, he studied at Chowan College and attained his degree from Atlantic Christian College. He became a teacher in Wilson, NC. Bill was the head wrestling coach and a member of the football coaching staff at Fike High School. Later, he went into commercial development in Wilson and pursued that career until he retired.

Bill was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was an absolute champion for his family and supported his wife and children’s individual successes with an abundance of passion, love, and generosity. He is survived by his wife Linda, children; Kimberly Lynn Horton-Polensky and husband Ted, William Bradford Horton and wife Jade; and grandchildren; Sarah Grace Acker, Rachel Beth Acker, Luke Allan Acker, Richard Holton Westbrook III, and Tyler Christian Polensky.

Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home. A Memorial Service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11 am at The Summit Church - Blue Ridge Campus - 3249 Blue Ridge Road - Raleigh, NC 27612.

Bill’s life will be forever marked by his incredible generosity. And to honor that legacy his family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Far East Broadcasting Company. FEBC is an interdenominational ministry whose sole purpose is to share the Gospel to the world through radio, the Internet, and emerging technologies.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, September 6, 2019

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William Robert "Bill" Horton

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Karen and Albin Johnson

September 5, 2019

Dear Linda and family,

We are so sad to learn the sad news. Bill was a wonderful person. Our comfort is in the sure knowledge that he is now in a better place.

Frank Sutton

September 5, 2019

Along with my Dad, Bill was the best example to me of Jesus here on earth. They always seemed to be here to serve & not to be served. With humility & meekness ( the strength of a thoroughbred under control ) went about doing good to all who were oppressed or in need. During the time of my own Dads’ health decline & eventual death was when our paths crossed. In a real sense, Coach as I called him became my father & faith figure when I needed it. Still to this day I affectionately refer to him as my god-father or mentor when telling others about him. He was an answer to a prayer request of needing work while trying to recover from a job loss. He didn’t just give me a fish to get by but taught me how & where to fish in the work place. He told me at a cross roads to try it Gods way rather than mans way. And not only did it work out, it was always in amazing abundance. As Linda, Kim & Brad know, we can not count the times his generosity was shown even when he really shouldn’t have done it. He showed me how faith with works is alive & well. While often falling short of his example, it is still something worth striving for to be more like him. He truly showed me how to “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer & supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God & the peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your heart & mind thru Christ Jesus. “ Thank you Father for the time we had with him here & the time we’ll have in Heaven with you. Thank you Linda, Kim & Brad for sharing him with all of us! God bless you!

Joy Worrell

September 3, 2019

I grew up down the street from Bill and Linda in Wilson, NC. I began babysitting for them when I was 14 years old. Kim was four years old and Brad was a baby. I loved spending time with the Horton’s. It was my home away from home. Bill and Linda made me feel like family, and even took me along as the babysitter for family vacations at the beach. Bill was always so kind and generous to me. When I went to college and came home for the summer, he gave me an office job at Diversified Fuels and helped my then boyfriend and future husband get a construction job as well. We never forgot his kindness to us on this and many other occasions. If I had to use a few adjectives to describe Bill they would be humble, dignified, honorable, faithful, generous, magnanimous and selfless. He and Linda have been a tremendous blessing to me throughout my life. I am so thankful to God for giving me such extraordinary friends and role models. Bill will be sorely missed. He was a true gentleman in every way, and such men are in short supply these days!

Kendra Penn

September 2, 2019

Bill was one of a kind. His generosity coupled with humility knew no bounds. As a traveling Christian artist, Bill was encouraging and supportive and I have been on the receiving end many times to incredible restaurants and gifts from this family. Staying in their home often felt like a time of rest, knowing you would be treated like a dignitary. I will relish all the times I’ve shared with Bill and the family he loved so well. He is walking streets of gold and enjoying the wonders of heaven.

Paige Mewborn

September 2, 2019

Dearest Linda and family,
My heart is broken for you all as you say farewell on this earth to your loving husband and the amazing patriarch of your family. I am consoled by the fact that i know you and your family have a full understanding of Gods love, His will and His plan. I’m praying for comfort and peace for you all. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. I love you! Paige

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