James O. Horn, 95, was born in 1922, to Bud and Clara Horn in Logansport, Louisiana and passed away on February 9, 2018, in Baytown, Texas, and today is with his Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ.
J.O. was a natural athlete who excelled in football, baseball, track and as a Golden Gloves boxer. After graduating from high school, he began following his love for the game of baseball. He was offered and signed a contract to begin his career playing professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. J.O.’s dreams of playing Major League baseball were put on hold when Uncle Sam came calling. He served in the Army Air Corps (Air Force) with most of his time being spent in the Pacific. After the war, he decided to take advantage of the G.I. Bill and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Stephen F. Austin University. J.O. was an educator and served as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent before his retirement in 1982 to spend his time playing golf. Most of his years in education were spent in the Barbers Hill School District.
J.O. is survived by the love of his life, Maggie Breedlove Horn. J.O. and Maggie were set to celebrate 74 years of marriage this May. He is survived by his children: Daughter, Lynda Kilgore & husband Bill; Daughter, Anita Askew & husband Neal; Son, Jamey Horn & wife Stephanie. There are three grandchildren: Billy Kilgore & wife Julie of Baytown and great granddaughters Presley & Margo; Lana Askew Rush and husband Ryan of Katy and great granddaughters Ryley, Reagan & Lily; Alan Askew and wife Amy of Forest, Virginia and great grandchildren Austin, Aiden and Ashlyn. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Kathleen Galbraith of Palm Springs, CA, many nieces and nephews, including his special nephew Mike Breedlove and special family friend ZeeBee Kennedy.
Visitation will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday February 15, 2018, at Navarre Funeral Home. A Memorial service will follow at 5:00 p.m. The Memorial service will be officiated by grandson-in-law, Pastor Ryan Rush of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy and Pastor Randy Piatt of Memorial Baptist in Baytown. Music will be provided by Pastor Ryan Rush and great granddaughter Ryley Anne Rush of McKinney.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made in his name to the Barbers Hill Scholarship Association, PO Box 904, Mont Belvieu, TX 77580.
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Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.