In Memoriam
James Donald Horton

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Lyerly Funeral Home


James Donald Horton

February 19, 1948 - May 16, 2014

James “Jim” Donald Horton, 66, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away on May 16, 2014.

James was born in Salisbury, NC to James Samuel “Sam” Jones and Halma Horton. He lived in New Jersey and Georgia but lived most of his life in North Carolina.

Jim was a fun loving man, who enjoyed driving and working on MGs, going to beaches, and attending and being on chase crews at hot air balloon rallies, gardening, and was the lead guitar player of the band called ‘The Wrest’. Music continued being a big part of his life.

Jim was loving and proud of his daughter, April Lambirth, her husband, Jason, his two grandchildren, Shawn 7 years old, and Kathryn 16 months, and his son, James Bifton “Bif” Horton. He is also survived by his sister, Sue Ann Worley and her husband, Paul “Doc”, of Timberlake, Ohio, as well as his niece, Sonya Bryson, Nephews, Jeremy and Scott Worley and the mother of his children and best friend, Gayle Clingenpeel Horton; as well as his many loving uncles and friends.

Motivated to continually better his career and follow his interests, Jim was always on the cutting edge of new technology. Jim was an employee of Bell Labs in New Jersey, working on airport control terminal machine design, General Electric in NC as a systems designer, in Atlanta, Georgia working to help design the first 13 miles of the Marta System and at CPCC in North Carolina in CAD/CAM systems and then on to other cutting edge technology. At the time of his death, he was working at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC managing and creating projects in the Rapid Prototyping Technology. He had many good friends in his field all across the country.

Visitation: 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday, May 20 and 12:00-1:00 PM Wednesday, May 21 at First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah St., Salisbury, NC 28144.

Service: 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 21 at First United Church of Christ.

Jim will be laid to rest at the City Memorial Cemetery in Salisbury, NC following the service.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave Dallas, TX 75231.