James “Jim” Guy Horner, 71, a longtime resident of Fort Ashby, WV, and a “snowbird” in The Villages, FL. went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 24, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born in Keyser, WV. on Feb. 12, 1949, he was a son of the late Guy and Mary K. (Ford) Horner and graduated from Beall High School in 1967. He enlisted in the Air Force and was assigned as an Air Weather Specialist in the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing in Phan Rang AB, Vietnam. After discharge, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University. Jim had a strong faith in God and was an active member of Berean Independent Baptist Church in Fort Ashby, WV.
Jim worked for 31 years as a Locomotive Engineer at CSX Transportation. Lovingly referred to as “Jack” by many on the railroad and the “Official Florida Tour Guide” by his family and friends; you could always find Jim with a smile on his face, a golf club or paint brush in his hand, offering a warm embrace, and sharing a funny story to make you smile. He loved golfing, working in the garden and flower beds, spending time with his family and friends, playing a variety of musical instruments with family and friends and cuddling his furry best friend, Lulu. Jim and Carolyn truly loved Florida and began to “snowbird” in 2011. After moving to The Villages, he developed a love for all things golf. Jim loved to cook his signature “mean pot of spaghetti” for everyone that was hungry upon arriving for a visit. Jim always enjoyed the sunshine and especially loved showing his family and friends around when they would visit. Jim lived in paradise on earth and his eternal home is even better.
Jim is a cherished husband to his wife Carolyn, beloved father to his children, James Horner of Washington, PA, Julie (Horner) and Mickey Barry of Morgantown, WV, Terri and Robert Yarbrough of Cumberland, MD, and Tracey Laslo of Santa Barbara CA, and devoted grandfather to Owen and Ean Barry, and Austin and Logan Yarbrough. He was a treasured brother to Terry and Krista Horner, Bill Horner, and Mike and Deborah (Horner) Postma.
Due to health and safety concerns, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date for family and friends.