Leon Artis Horton, 87, of Columbia, South Carolina passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on December 19, 2019 at Prisma Health Richland Heart Hospital after a brief illness. He was born September 14, 1932 to Janie Addison and Harvey Horton. He served his country as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and then in the Air Force National Guard for over 30 years. After a career and retirement with Southern Bell, he and his wife established a real estate/property management company, The Horton Company, Inc. which they have managed for over 40 years.
Leon was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather and will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of 45 years, Carlita J. Horton and by his daughters, Vickie McAlister (Keith), Jane Horton, Lianne Watford (Bill), and Tammy Tremblay (Gary). He was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren who admired and loved their Paw Paw. His many nieces, nephews and other family and friends held a special place in his heart as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his only son, L.A. Horton, Jr.; his daughter, Jenny Wilds; his sister, Ruth Ann James; and his brother Cal Addison.
Memorial service will be held on Monday, December 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home Greenlawn Chapel, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, South Carolina, 29209. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:30 PM at the funeral home.
The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the staff of the Heart Hospital CCU for their dedication and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Eason Memorial Baptist Church, 201 Van Boklen Road, Eastover, South Carolina 29044 or a church or charity of your choice.