Jack Briscoe Horton, Sr., 91 of Greenville, died Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at Briarcliff Health Center. A memorial service will be 10:00 am, Monday, July 13, 2015 at Wesley United Methodist Church under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Gene Wisdom will officiate along with Rev. Mike Kearns. Visitation will be Sunday, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm at the funeral home.
Mr. Horton was born in Greenville, Texas on May 19, 1924. He was the son of General Hal C. Horton, Sr. and Gertrude Briscoe Horton. He was married to Joyce Ball of Minter, TX on October 10, 1950 in Greenville. He was an electrical engineer from Texas Tech, a businessman and owner of Horton Sales and Horton Commercial Refrigeration, Inc., Horton House Antiques, and Jack’s Metals. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, former president of Greenville Jaycees, and Noon Rotary Club. He was an avid collector of rare “Brilliant Cut” glass, and twice served as president of the American Brilliant Cut Glass Association. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, inventor, artist, and businessman.
A fourth generation resident of Greenville, Mr. Horton’s family came to Texas when it was still an independent republic. Because of this connection, he maintained a lifelong interest in history, especially that of Greenville and Hunt County. He was a frequent speaker on the subject and often consulted on questions of local history. His specialty was a presentation on a 1901 Trade Parade in which local participants rode on elaborately decorated wagons.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Ball Horton of Greenville; son, Jack B. Horton, Jr. and wife Paula of Greenville; daughter, Judy Horton Newton and husband Lee of Sugarland; brother, Hal C. Horton, Jr. and wife Lelloine of San Antonio; grandchildren, Connor, Cody, and Caleb Horton of Greenville, Jason and Brian Newton of Sugarland; nephew, Paul W. Plunket, III; and nieces, Trudy Plunket Hutton, Mary (Pud) Kearns, and Lelloine Waits. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Horton Lauderdale, and Sarah Horton Plunket; and nephew, Hal R. (Red) Horton.
Pallbearers will be Connor Horton, Cody Horton, Caleb Horton, Jason Newton, Brian Newton and James Kuhn.
The family requests memorials be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Inc., 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.