He had a pet coon named “Charlie” who was often seen riding on his shoulder.
Lawrence A. Horton, 86, passed away on Tuesday (Jan. 12, 2021) at Wellsville Manor Care Center.
Mr. Horton was born at home on Aug. 15, 1934 in Wellsville to Milford and Rose (Chapman) Horton. On May 3, 1954, he married Grace H. Barrett, who survives.
Larry worked as a painter for Alfred Agricultural & Technical College for 30 years, retiring in 1998. He also painted homes in the area as a self-employed contractor.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, Larry is survived by two sons, Lawrence A. (Donna) Horton of Corning and John (Cathy) Horton of Alexander; three daughters, Cindy L. (Daniel) Jones of Scio, Debbie (Patrick) O’Donnell of Andover and Dawn (Frank) Koegel of Clayton, N.C; 14 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Richard Horton; a sister, Susie Halsey; and an infant granddaughter, Courtney Horton.
Larry was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He raised Black and Tan Coonhounds and had great enthusiasm for coon hunting. He took his kids along creating many good memories with them. Larry also, ironically, had a pet coon named “Charlie” who was often seen riding on his shoulder.
Baseball was also a passion for Larry. He and a friend were instrumental in beginning the Babe Ruth League in Corning years ago. Larry was a life-long Yankees fan as well. Larry enjoyed bowling with his son, taking pride in watching him excel.
Larry had two loves, his God and his family. He often sat strumming his guitar, playing and singing country music with his children singing along. He would often take the family for a ride in the truck along the back roads. It always amazed them that no matter which direction he would go, the truck always ended up at the Hallsport store for ice cream. Larry continued this cherished tradition with his grandchildren. He also looked forward to the many family picnics and sitting around the table playing euchre. For many years, Larry attended the Salvation Army Church and he was a member of the Wellsville Loyal Order of Moose.
Visitation will be held on Saturday (Jan. 16) from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation at 2:00. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Larry’s name may be made to Salvation Army of Wellsville, 25 East Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.