Henry Weldon Horton Jr.


Henry Weldon Horton Jr. died peacefully on July 3, 2014, in Dallas after a long life filled with deep faith, family, friends, work and travel. He was 96 years old.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be in Tyler at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 423 S. Broadway Ave. Burial will follow in the Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery, 7825 S. Broadway Ave., at approximately 12:15 p.m.
Born on April 1, 1918, Henry was the son of Henry Weldon Horton Sr. and Agnes Alexander Horton. He grew up in Houston, and served during World War II from 1944 to 1946 as an aviation storekeeper for the Navy. Following military service, he worked in sales for 45 years at U.S. Steel. He married Earnestine Schneider in 1947 and they raised three children in Houston and Dallas before retiring to Tyler in the early '80s.
Mr. Horton was a die-hard Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys fan, an avid photographer, music lover and expert dominoes player. He loved the natural world and camping with his family in national parks.
Mr. Horton was a devoted husband, steadfast father, kindly grandfather and doting great-grandfather. He is survived by Earnestine, whom he always referred to as "my bride"; sons, Hank, Robin (Renée); daughter, Melissa (David); grandchildren, Sarah (David), Rachel (Joey), Lauren (Michael), Noah, Rebecca (Drew), Evan, Clare, Caitlin (Michael), Alex and Andrea; and great-grandchildren, Audrey, Ryan, Amelia, William, Lily and Adeline.
Mr. Horton was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Agnese Hawley Younger, his daughter-in-law, Dianne Dwinnell Horton; and his beloved dog, Barney.
Mr. Horton found great joy listening to books on tape. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Texas Talking Book Program (tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov), or a .
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 12, 2014
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