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Dale D. Horton

April 23, 1934 ~ July 13, 2018 (age 84)

     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

and cousins.

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