James "Jim", Longwell Horning|
It is with a heavy heart that we must say goodbye- for now. At 80 years young, Jim lost his fight with Dementia on Good Friday April 18th, 2014 in Georgetown TX.
Jim was born to Robert and Virginia James Horning on March 5, 1934 in Elizabeth NJ. He was the youngest child of three, including beloved older siblings, sister Ginsy and brother Robert Jr. The family spent many happy days on the New Jersey Shore in Mantoloking, NJ, boating, body surfing, sunning and swimming. Always the prankster and lover of a good joke, Jim was a sweet, funny, intelligent guy who loved to tease and make others laugh. He enjoyed life, a good laugh and loved telling the stories of his life adventures.
Jim was a graduate of Pingry Prep School (class of '51). He was an outstanding athlete lettering in baseball, basketball, and football. Jim graduated from Lehigh University (class of '55) where he was a successful Varsity wrestler. There he earned his BS in Business Administration-Marketing and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Always the athlete, Jim became an avid golfer at a variety of Country Clubs, including Ellington Ridge CC in CT, Far Corners CC in MA, Clinton, CT and Panorama CC in Houston, and Elkins Lake CC in Huntsville TX.
He began his career at J Walter Thompson in NYC but was called to serve in the Army at Fort Benning and Fort Ord, CA. It was there he met and married his wife of 56 years, Shirley Stillwell. After Jim was honorably discharged he returned to J Walter Thompson and began a long and illustrious career in advertising. Jim was honored to work at Wilson Haight and Welch in Hartford Ct for many years. The couple had two children Jamee Kennedy of Austin TX and Jase Horning of Tampa FL. The family lived many years in Connecticut and briefly in Massachusetts. In 1975, the family moved from Old Saybrook, Connecticut to Houston, Texas as Jim began working for Metzdorf Advertising in Houston. Not long after, Jim was pleased to open his own successful advertising firm, Horning Advertising. Jim and Shirley retired to Huntsville, Texas in the Elkins Lake community in 2000.
In addition to his advertising career, Jim was a dedicated Little League Coach who enjoyed teaching kids the game of his youth. He also was a talented writer, illustrator, painter, and a very well received cartoonist. His Artwork was loved and enjoyed by all.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ginsy Emery, her husband John Emery and nephew Josh Emery. Jim leaves behind his wife Shirley, daughter Jamee Kennedy, son Jase Horning, four grandchildren , Matthew and Hannah Kennedy, Jack and Cole Horning, son in law Bill Kennedy, daughter in law Kaylie Horning, brother Robert Jr., sister in law Joan Horning, niece's Avery Horning Wilmeth, Kate Spencer, Leigh Davis Hindman, and nephew Jeff Emery.
The family wishes to thank the friends and staff at Georgetown Living for the wonderful care and love expressed to Jim and the family during Jim's illness. Each was an angel who exhibited the hands and feet of Christ throughout this difficult journey. Thank you also to the staff of New Century Hospice team for their superb kindness and care.
A memorial service will be held for family in Seaside FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends and family to consider a contribution to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America where Dementia is included as part of ongoing research in brain dysfunction. To make a contribution go to www.alzfdn.org.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.cookwaldendavisfuneralhome.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 23, 2014