LONGVIEW - Dale Darro Horton of Longview passed away
peacefully at the age of 84 on July 13, 2018. A celebration of
Dale’s life was held privately by his immediate family. Our deepest
gratitude goes out to all his care givers, doctors and friends.
Dale was born on April 23, 1934 in Ellisville, Arkansas to Annah
Noel Horton and Ethel Lee Daniel; he spent much of his
early life in Woodville, TX, graduating from Kirby High where he
participated in football, baseball, tennis, track & field and band.
After high school, he attended Baylor University and later worked
for the Texas Highway Department. Having an interest in civil
engineering, he attended Lamar University where he met and
eventually married Anna Andrews in Beaumont, TX.
Inspired by his uncle, Taylor Daniel, to become involved in
ministerial work, he went back to Baylor and finished his studies while
Anna worked as a choral director for La Vega ISD. After graduating in
1968, he entered the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where
he completed the degree of Master of Theology, honors program.
The couple moved to Colorado where Dale served as the first state
director of Baptist Student Unions. He also served as a Baptist Student
Union Director in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana before returning
to Texas to become a Methodist minister. He served at the First United
Methodist Church, Longview; First United Methodist Church, Willis; and
Kingwood United Methodist Church, Kingwood.
Dale was passionate about the love of God; his family, especially his
grandchildren; Baylor University; and flying the open skies. He obtained a
private pilot’s license in the early 1960’s and continued to fly occasionally
for the next two decades.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Anna;
his son, Dale Horton II; his daughter, Laura Childs and her husband Donny;
his grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Hammett; and many nieces, nephews