Walter E. Horton of Goliad, Texas died on Friday August 17, 2018 doing what he loved – working on his ranch.
Bubba was born in Goliad, Texas on January 13, 1944 to Howard “Hondy” and Mildred Horton. He attended schools in Goliad and graduated from Goliad High School in May 1962. He played three sports while in high school –football, basketball, and baseball. His love of sports continued in college, where he played baseball for Southwest Texas in San Marcos, Texas. He was a charter member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Immediately after graduation, he received his military draft notice and entered the US Army in September 1966. He served in Fort Hood, Texas, Fort McClendon, Georgia and in Seoul, South Korea. He was honorably discharged as a Specialist Five from the US Army in September 1969.
Upon his return he began his career as a Measurement Technician for Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation where he worked until 1974. He then joined the oil production department at Dan A. Hughes Company where he worked his way up to Production Manager. Ever the loyalist, he worked there for forty years until he retired in December 2013.
Bubba was best known as a devoted family man. He married Marion Nell Barnhart on June 5, 1971 and they had three beautiful children: Lori, Kari, and Joseph “Jody”. Bubba loved spending time with his family and formed his own special bond with each of his children. His children always knew he loved them. In 2008, his granddaughter, Madison, was born. Grandpa Bubba adored and loved her and she him. They made many special memories that will be with her forever. Bubba lost Marion to cancer in 2002, and although the loss was heartbreaking for him, he strengthened and deepened his bond with each of his children as a result. They learned to support and encourage each other in ways they never had to before. He and his children continued to love and honor Marion in beautiful ways, visiting her graveside and making promises to her.
Bubba’s children remember him as a man of few words, yet his actions spoke volumes. He taught them what it looked like to show up for people, and to love and take care of your family. Time spent with him was always time well spent.
Bubba was preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived by his three children, Lori (Arthur) Anderson of Fort Worth, Kari Horton of Harlingen, and Jody Horton of Beeville; one granddaughter, Madison; one brother, Howard (Nancy) Horton of Bartlett, Texas; one nephew, Scott (Piper) Horton of Denver, Colorado; and two nieces, Stacy Horton of Temple and Heidi (Calvin) Cowan of Temple, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00p.m. with the Rev. Gary D. Conklin, officiating. Interment will be held at Beeville Memorial Park at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers are: John Bond, Jim Scotten, John Shears, Travis Tindol, David A. Hutchens, Jr and Roy DelaHoussaye.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Faith Lutheran Church of Beeville located at 1500 E. FM 351, Beeville, Texas 78102