Lawrence E. Hornback

September 26, 1956August 6, 2018
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Lawrence E. Hornback, 61, CMSGT USAF (RET) Civil Services (RET), passed away August, 6 with his loving wife Debbie by his side. He was born in Newport, RI and grew up in Glendale, KY where he met the love of his life Debra Owen Hornback. After their marriage in 1974, Larry enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served on active duty for 23 years. During his career Larry and Debbie were stationed at Fairchild AFB, Washington; Rickenbacker AFB Ohio, Hessisch Oldendorf AS , Germany; Loring AFB, Maine; Ramstein AB Germany; Lackland AFB, Texas; and the Pentagon, D.C. After active duty, he returned to Ramstein AB as a civil servant. Since 1999 Larry served at Patrick AFB with the 45th Force Services Squadron (FSS - The Best Never Rest) until retirement in May 2018.

Larry’s love of the Air Force was evident in the way he cared for his troops. The programs he created improved the lives and service of the enlisted force. Larry epitomized the core values, “Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do.” In later years, Larry loved serving and mentoring younger military and civilian personnel.

Besides his wife of 44 years, Larry is survived by his daughters, Christy Newcomb, and Melissa Hornback-Emerson; Grandchildren William, Joshua, and Andrew Newcomb, Shelby and Logan Emerson; brothers Carl Hornback, Bob, Dick, Carl Swope; sisters, Katherine Redmond, Angela Keith, Theresa Palm, Mary Reed, Kathy Callahan. Larry was preceded in death by son, James Hornback and foster parents, Bill and Betty Swope.

Services will be held at Patrick South Chapel at 2:00 PM EST on Friday, August 10, 2018 with celebration following at the chapel annex.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Save a Warrior ( or other Armed Forces related charities.


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Lauren Wage

August 20, 2018

I've been struggling as to what I should write about HB. From the moment my family and I arrived at PAFB, Larry and Debbie were so kind and welcoming. We became fast friends after that. From nights at the O'Club and Marina to family vacations at Anna Maria Island, endless swimming and cook outs. One of our favorite memories is when Michael and I had a friendly bet on a college football game. The loser had to dress up and meet us at Charlie & Jakes. When the Sooners prevailed, in walks Larry with a giant wig and bright suit and Debbie as Lucy!!! We all laughed so hard, especially Larry and Debbie. Through the many good times, to very difficult times, HB was a constant. He was passionate about his job and was respected by everyone. His love for Debbie was present every single day. His love for his kids and grandkids were present every single day. His big heart and big personality is what we'll miss the most. As Missi said earlier, the one comforting thing was that he is with his beloved son, James now.

RIP dear friend. Thank you for impacting our lives. Much love always, Lauren and Michael

Jim Reps

August 17, 2018

Larry was loved and admired by many, and respected by all. He epitomized what an Air Force Chief should be: a champion of the troops. Larry dedicated his life to the service and well being of others; an endeavor which he was amazingly successful at for so many years.

I am honored to have been his friend.

Theresa Palm

August 16, 2018

My dearest brother Larry, our time was short due to circumstances beyond our control. I'm so grateful that we had it.
I recall that very first phone call and the delight in knowing that I was actually connecting with my big brother. We covered a lot in that first call and pictures and a lot more in every call after that.
How wonderful that first meeting was! My mission had been to get your book to you, it's rightful owner. I remember the flowers that you brought and what a treasure it was to meet Debbie for the first time. She is such a joy! We shared a lot of laughs and tears that day.
Our visit to the island is a memory that Mark (Lee) LOL and I will cherish forever. We finally got to meet our niece, Missi and great niece and nephew. You were spot on. Our sense of humor definitely runs in the family.
I thank you for the influence you have in my life and the beautiful memories and the gift of your family. I will treasure them forever.
We sure tried to fit a lifetime of memories in a few short years.
So, today, my tears are those of gratitude and sadness.
I know that you are at peace and rejoicing with loved ones that have previously passed.
Our memories will continue my beloved brother. See you later.......

Joy Swope

August 15, 2018

Aunt Debbie, Christy and Missi,

Uncle Larry was a rare gem! His thoughtful and jovial manner always made him so much fun to be around at family gatherings. I had the pleasure of sitting with him after Grandma Swope’s funeral and listening to stories from childhood where he was often finding some mischief and Grandpa was getting him out of it. I will cherish those memories! We were so excited that you all might be closer after retirement, and we hope we will still get to see more of you in this next journey! Uncle Larry will be greatly missed, but I’m so glad Grandma and Grandpa were able to welcome him home! Our love and prayers are with you always!

Joy and Scott

Pamela (Crain) Hash

August 13, 2018

  My history with Debbie and Larry goes back to 8th grade. I'm not sure if they met at church first or what. But every morning before school started Debbie, Ella Slinker and I would stand at a classroom window and talk to Larry. We knew he only had eyes for Debbie but we would tease her anyway about wanting him for ourselves.  Debbie and Larry "dated" until Larry moved to Elizabethtown and changed schools. Fast forward a few years and here is where Brenda Taylor's story picks up. Debbie and Larry picked their relationship right back up where they left off.  After Larry's graduation he decided to join the Air Force. It was unthinkable to them to face another separation. They were married and she became a military wife. It broke my heart when my best friend moved so far away. But I knew it was for the best, because they loved each other so much. That was 44 wonderful years ago.
  I have no words to express how much my heart hurts for your loss. I will be holding you close in my thoughts and prayers as you surround yourselves with all the cherished memories of his life.

Linda Tyce

August 13, 2018

Dear Missy and family,
Mike Tyce and I were stationed in Germany with you during the 80s at USAFE HQ. I don't remember much, but I do remember lots of laughter. Your kids were little, my Matthew was a toddler. I babysat a time or two. We gathered for parties, etc. I am so sorry for your loss. I know what it feels like to lose your husband and father. I have no words of wisdom, just to take it one day at a time. I will celebrate his life with a glass of wine and keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love and prayers,
Linda Tyce

Michael Prichard

August 13, 2018

Growing up as a military brat is a unique experience that teaches you to develop friendships that literally cross borders. The Hornbacks are part of our Military Family and Mr. Hornback will be sorely missed. I have many memories with his family and him and will always cherish the experiences we had. Much love from the Prichards.

Naomi Parish

August 10, 2018

Many memories.....that translate into what seems a lifetime of sharing and supporting each other through the good times and bad. I am lucky to say I worked for HB, there are few better leaders and mentors.....I am blessed to say we were friends who brought out the best in each other and helped guide each other through our weaknesses. I learned from him to be grateful and kind, and when I couldn't be either one, to ensure I made it right. Most importantly to forgive and move on...."It is what it is" as he would often say. Serenity, courage and wisdom....the best gifts we helped each other to live by. I will miss you always....until we meet again.

James Newcomb

August 10, 2018

On occasion I have shared the story of how my wife Christy and I first came to be... It always starts with how an old friend and my would-be sister-n-law Missy conspired together to arrange our first date. Neither of us knew what they were up to and had only just met briefly the day before. I was not at all interested in dating someone 8+ years younger than I was. I called to politely cancel but before I could...she informed me that her father wanted to meet me first. Now...I already had intel that her father was a Chief and somehow the notion of trying to explain myself to the Chief of a young daughter didn’t quite sit well with me. At the time I was just a 3-striper myself. So, after much contemplation I agreed to meet him. Why? Well...honestly it was pride. I couldn’t cancel now. How would that look? I figured all I needed to do was get there early enough to park my shiny BMW well away from their house. The rest I reasoned I could handle. Well...even the best laid plans can go awry. And when I arrived to stash the car there he was...walking with Christy on an intercept course. That was it...I was finished. No way this guy isn’t going to have me for lunch. Young guy driving a BMW...yup...not good... Well...we took a little walk and what I was confronted with wasn’t a CMSGT in the Air Force but a guy simply looking out for his daughter. He asked all the right questions. Questions I know I would ask if I had a daughter. And as I answered them one by one a bond started to form. And before long it was if I had known this man all my life. Folks automatically assume I owe the existence of my beautiful family to Missy and an old friend I have long since lost track of... The truth is...while they were certainly integral...I owe my beautiful wife and our three sons to the man most of you know as Larry. To me he will always be dad...and I will miss him greatly...

Andrew Newcomb

August 9, 2018

I fondly remember the times I had with my grandfather. He and I went bowling at PAFB a bunch when I was young, and he and I shared a love for our troops. He not only had the heart of a tride and true American, but had the stoic bravery of a man with no fear. He lived and breathed for our soil, and will always be my hero. Rest in peace grandfather, and may god protect you in times of turmoil and grief...