Harry Horton Jr. was born September 3, 1931 in Washington Heights, New York. Harry was the eldest of three sons born to Elizabeth and Harry Horton Sr. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward Horton. Harry was well loved by his family and will be remembered as a loving husband, supportive father and doting grandfather. He passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 while at home with his devoted wife. Harry Horton Jr. was raised in Harlem, N.Y. where he attended and graduated from Aviation High School. His education led him to a career in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant and Aircraft mechanic from September,1950 thru August ,1954. During this time he met the love of his life, June Roberts while playing stick ball outside in the streets of Harlem. They were married September 5,1953 and have shared 67 years of matrimony until his death. Harry and June moved to Queens, NY, where they’d have two sons, Lawrence and Stephen. Harry worked as a Fireman from November,1960 and was promoted in ranks to be one of the first Black Battalion Chiefs in the NYC Fire Department until his retirement in November 1990. He also served Part time as a Machinery Technician for the U. S. Coastguard. Upon retirement, Harry and June relocated to Palm Coast, Florida. Harry’s life proved to be one of purpose. He enjoyed reading and researching topics that intrigued him, seeking answers that were clear, concise and logical.
In 2003 Harry began a search for answers to some of life’s big questions like, What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? And Why does God allow suffering? Finding logical answers to these questions from a careful study of the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, Harry decided to dedicate his life to Jehovah God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 31, 2004. He loved speaking about Jehovah and His promises to others and became an endeared brother in the local congregation. He had the privilege of serving as a Ministerial servant and was able to utilize his Fireman expertise by becoming part of the local congregation’s regional building committee, where he volunteered as a fire safety overseer for the many expansion projects that were taking place in the Palm Coast Kingdom halls. Harry will be remembered as a warm, loving, humble and gregarious person who had a positive influence on those that knew him throughout his community. He was hospitable, generous and very gracious. In his convalescence he would always say to anyone (that’s what that’d come to the house, about his loving “bride” that “she takes very good care he’d call his wife affectionately) of me”. It was this graciousness that will be remembered by his surviving family: wife, June Horton, sons: Larry Horton ( wife Jessy Horton), Stephen Horton (wife Shawn Horton); Four grandsons, Wesley (wife Jenny),Lance, Zachary and Myles; and one Great-Grandson, Nathaniel. Brother George Horton: As well as nieces, nephews, great-nephews, greatnieces, and many loyal friends who became like family.
The Horton family would like to thank everyone for their phone calls, texts, Facebook messages, Instagram messages, and beautiful cards with heartfelt sentiments. We are grateful for the overwhelming support that has been shown.
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