Guy M. Horton, 80, formerly of Columbia, passed away April 30, 2013 from Alzheimer’s disease. Guy retired to his childhood home in East Texas in 1992 after a 25-year career with the University of Missouri System, during which he served five presidents, most recently as Executive Assistant to the President.
The youngest of 12 children, he was born April 11, 1933 to a humble farming family in Blackjack, Texas. He left the fields to pursue his love of education, a passion that would become his lifelong career. At the age of 20, he graduated from East Texas State College with a journalism degree, and was soon drafted into the Army (1st Cavalry Division) during the Korean War. Stationed in Tokyo, he served as a correspondent for the “Stars and Stripes” and as editor of “The Cavalier.”
After his service, he returned to East Texas State and earned a Master’s degree in journalism. During his first semester as a professor at San Angelo (Texas) College, he met Linda Green, and they began a wonderful 54-year journey together.
In 1967, shortly before earning his Ph.D. in journalism, Guy was named Director of University Relations and began his public relations career with the UM System. During his tenure, he was well-respected throughout the nation’s higher-education community for his professionalism and ethical standards. He received numerous awards from state and national professional organizations, and was honored by the University of Missouri Board of Curators upon his retirement.
Guy’s greatest joy was his large extended family, and he never lost touch with his East Texas roots. Although he was predeceased by his parents and 11 siblings, he was adored by many generations of cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was a passionate gardener, MU football and basketball fan, bass fisherman, worldwide traveler and volunteer in his church and community. Guy was a kind and generous man, blessed with an incredibly dry sense of humor. He was loved by many, and was a true friend to everyone he met.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Linda, his daughters Ellen (Ken) Shriner of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Amy (Robert) Hayhurst of Houston, Texas, and his beloved grandson, Nathan Hayhurst.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Monday, May 6, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Athens, Texas following burial at his family’s cemetery in Blackjack, Texas.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 911, Athens, Texas, 75751 or the Henderson County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 2062, Athens, Texas, 75751.
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