Gary Wayne Horton
1960 - 2021
Robinson Funeral Home - Appomattox
667 Court Street
Appomattox, VA
Gary Wayne Horton, 60, of Comers Rock Road, Grayson, died Sunday, April 25, 2021.
He was the loving husband of Kim Coleman Horton.
He was born in Pulaski on July 26, 1960.
He was a son of Betty Lou Largen of Pulaski and the late Elwood Crockett Horton.
He was a member of Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church.
Gary was a long-time teacher and coach who had a passion for working with young people.
Survivors include his wife and mother; two sons, Matthew Hampton Horton and fiancé, Chesley Hash of Baywood, Va., and Benjamin Michael Horton of Galax; and one nephew, Andrew Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Debra Horton Kelly; and brother, Michael Horton.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Becky Wheeler officiating. A private burial will take place in the Swan Family Cemetery, Pamplin, Va.
In lieu of flowers, Gary would want his friends and family to support their local high school sporting events in his honor.
Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.
An online condolence may be sent by visiting
Published by Galax Gazette from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2021.
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Memorial service
Jordan Chapel United Methodist Church
Funeral services provided by:
Robinson Funeral Home - Appomattox
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I was one year ahead of him at Emory & Henry. Gary was an extremely nice person. I never heard him use even one word of profanity. He was always cheerful and everything he did was with enthusiasm and to the best of his ability. The world is a little bit less happy of a place without him. He will be missed.
Tom Osborne
June 13, 2021
Sincere condolences for the loss of Gary, whom everyone loved and spoke of kindly. Your sadness of today will ripen into cherished and precious memories tomorrow. God’s blessings to all of you.
Gordon and Jo Anne Martin
May 15, 2021
My heart goes out to Coach Horton’s family. When I think back on my time in Grayson County, Coach Horton was the center of those memories. He needs a score keeper for the wrestling team so he taught me how and I traveled with them and did just that. Now that I have friend’s whose children wrestle and I get to watch them, I have always thought of a coach Horton with fond memories because I know what’s going on in that sport! His room was right down from my locker and I loved to go see him every morning. Always greeted with a smile and he loved to talk about his family and show off pictures of how babies. Heaven gained an awesome angel!
Cathy Martin Keith
April 30, 2021
Prayers for Gary's family. Gary & I were very close friends in my teens & early 20's. I loved him like a brother. I will always cherish the memories of us attending church together, attending summer youth camp, playing softball, and competing in countless hours of playing pinball at every place we could find. My heart is broken but I know I will see him again in heaven some day. Gary's was and always will be a special, first class person & beloved friend.
Terry Kemp
April 29, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss... Prayers for you and your family...
Heather McCormick
April 29, 2021
To the family of Mr. Horton, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mr. Horton at Person High School, and he will be missed. May you find comfort in God's promises as you move through this difficult time in your lives.
Allison Dacus
April 29, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. He was full of stories to share and loved his students. He will be truly missed from the Person High School family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Cynthia Petty
April 29, 2021
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in the difficult days ahead. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Dillard & Margie (Megginson) Franklin
Dillard & Margie Franklin
April 28, 2021
Gary was a wonderful man and teacher. He will be greatly missed by me, the faculty at PHS, and all of his students.
I will always cherish the photographs of the horses he gave me. Such a talented man. Your family is in my prayers daily.
April 28, 2021
So very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He and I worked together at Grayson Co. High School. He was a kind man who really cared about kids. RIP my friend, you will be missed by many.
Mickey Todd
April 28, 2021
Matthew and Ben, We are so sorry to hear about your dad. We are praying for you to have strength and find comfort in good memories. Nancy and Meara
Nancy Reeves
April 27, 2021
Gary was the best uncle I could have asked for. He stayed at watched me when my mother had to take my father to Norfolk for a week and we had so much fun together and I will miss him every day but I know he is up in heaven having a good time with the family members that are already there.
Andrew Phillips
April 27, 2021
Really hate to hear! Was one of his students and he coached me at Grayson County. Very good man you let his love of the Lord show!
Jordan Anderson
April 27, 2021
May God bless each of you . Especially his wife Kim, mother Betty , and Gary's son's Matthew and Ben. I pray God wraps his loving arms around each of you. Gary was loved and will be missed.
Mike & Kathy Hodge
April 27, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen Farmer Wingate
April 27, 2021
So sorry to hear about the passing of Gary - we worked together in Grayson County and shared many stories over the years. Prayers for the family and friends.
Junior Gentry
April 27, 2021
My husband, Dickie, and I knew Gary in his teens and 20’s. He was a fine man who loved the Lord.
Pam Hayes
April 27, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about Gary. I thought back to when we used to talk lots of football when we taught together. Sending prayers for the family and especially thinking of Matthew and Ben.
Rhonda Dickenson
April 26, 2021
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