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A.W. Horton, age 81, of Forest City, NC, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Born January 20, 1933 in Cherokee County, SC, he was a son of the late George and Minnie Horton.  He was a truck driver for Akers Freight Lines for many years and then worked for Hoechst Celanese for several years before retirement.  A.W. was a faithful member of Harris Baptist Church and served as a deacon.  He was also a past member of the Cliffside Masonic Lodge #460 and was a 32nd degree Mason.  A.W. enjoyed riding his four-wheeler and taking care of his animals.  He was a kind and gentle man.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, George “Will” Horton, Clarence Horton, Nink Horton, Sumpter Horton and six sisters, Bonnie Jones, Velma Jackson, Myrtle Blanton, Etrolia Camp, Mae Ruth Hamrick and Vernie Fox.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Nell Horton; son, Alan Horton and wife, Jodi of Boiling Springs, SC; daughter, Crystal Giarmo and husband, Rick of Whiting, NJ; sister, Violet Painter of Ft. Myers, FL; two grandchildren, Kylie Horton, Alan Horton II and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with Reverend George Whitmire and Reverend Bob Philbeck officiating. Interment followed in Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. 

Memorial donations are suggested to Harris First Baptist Church, PO Box 182, Harris, NC  28074.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

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