In Loving Memory

Carlton Lester Horton

January 23, 1940 - July 23, 2019


Theodore, AL

Carlton L. Horton, age 79, a native of St. Elmo, AL and a resident of Theodore, AL, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Carlton graduated from Theodore High School, was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Reserve, a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Conde Cavaliers, and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Most of his career was spent building boats with his brothers at Marine Builders, Inc. He then went on to work for SJ&L Contracting where he retired in 2014. He loved tending to his garden, watching his grand and great-grandchildren grow and play. But, his biggest accomplishment was taking care of his wife of 59 years.

Carlton is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Catherine Edris Horton; siblings, Bruce Horton, Ray Horton, Edward Horton, Annie Akridge, and Catherine Sauter; daughter, Tammy Horton Morgan; and great-grandson, Colt Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia P. Horton; daughters, Teresa (Tom) Herrington of Mobile, AL, Tyler (Jeff) Murray of Theodore, AL, and Tiffany Horton of Theodore, AL; six grandchildren, James Carlton Reynolds, Benjamin (Melanie) Reynolds, Victoria (Derrick) Smith, Cody Whitehurst, Scott Murray, and Patricia Murray; great-grandchildren, Camo and Maddie Smith, and Annie and Pippa Reynolds; siblings, Betty Gartman and Dinah (Sonny) Werneth; numerous friends and his cherished and beloved dog, Terror.

All are welcome to join Carlton’s family at his gathering of family and friends on Friday, July 26, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at 5:00 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church, 5343 Fowl River Road, Theodore, AL, 36582. There will be no graveside service, but his ashes will rest at Serentity Memorial Gardens in Theodore. Expressions of condolence may be offered at Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory in Daphne, AL is assisting the family.


  1. Pat & Hope Downey

    Pat and family,
    Pat & I are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for him during his gallant struggle with this ugly disease. I know you take comfort in knowing that he is no longer struggling and is walking streets of gold with our Savior! We will see him again!! We love all of you!

  2. Tiffany

    I LOVE YOU DADDY!!! I will try my best to keep the promises that I made to you. You have no idea how much the past 3 years have meant to me. Goodbye for now but not forever. Love Always #4

  3. Mike strickland

    I only knew this gentleman for a short period of time and in the time I did talk with him he was a strong minded individual with a lot of care for his family and friends. I believe he was one person that if you needed the shirt off of his back he would give it to you. He loved his family and would have done anything he could to make sure they were taken care of hands down. My heart goes out to the entire family for they have lost a matriark in there family , God rest his soul, may he fly with the angels

    • Beth Miller

      To all the Hortons:
      I have you all in my prayers. Loss of a loved one is hard for those left here on earth but Glorious for Mr. Horton who is now at his eternal home. He was a wonderful man who has a wonderful family. I regret I will not be able to attend the service. Please know I love you all.

  4. Mary Fontenot Lawrence

    May the Lord comfort you during this time of loss and fill your hearts with peace knowing he is standing in the Glory of God now & forever.

  5. Barbara Robinson

    We are sending our deepest sympathies to all of Carlton’s family at this sad time. He was a great husband to Pat, , and father to his girls, and sweet cousin to me. He will be greatly missed, but the memories will forever be in our hearts.

  6. Selene Finch

    My sincere and deepest sympathy to you all. Your family has always held a special place in my heart! I know how bad it hurts to lose your Daddy and Mrs. Pat, I can only imagine…. I will be praying for ya’ll as you go thru this very difficult time! May you RIP Mr. Carlton, 🕊 Love you all ❤

  7. Cindy Maxwell

    Carlton was one of the sweetest, kindest men I ever had the joy of knowing. My heart breaks for his family. Go rest high on the mountain top!

    • Teresa Herrington

      TO MY DADDY…. you are my heart and you are where I get my strength. You taught me how to love, to be kind and stand my ground. I’m so thankful God gave me to you. You were the first love of my life. I’m blessed to have been your #2. Miss you so much and moma will be ok.

  8. Sibley and Era Perry

    We loved Carlton so much. Have known the family for so many years that we feel like they are our family as well. Rest in peace our dear friend until we meet again in our Lord’s mighty kingdom. As we mourn the passing of such a loving soul, please know that you all are prayed for, thought about, and loved. Carlton was one in a million.

    • Kathy H Bordelon

      RIP my sweet Uncle Carlton. Such a kind and loving man to all. What a wonderful celebration & tribite by all, especially by his T girls. Lean on each other. You are all so blessed. Love to all!!

  9. Donna Dicks

    I am so sorry for you and your family. You are In y prayers. I wish I had to words to ease your pain..

  10. Billie

    Lived by them for a number of years, he was a gentle kindhearted man with a wonderful spirit . He is with his loved ones in heaven, my sincerest condolences to his family

    • Cindy Davis

      I am so very sorry for your loss I’m praying for strength, peace and comfort for you and your family. Much love to all!!!

  11. Kelli Williams

    Mrs. Pat and family, I pray that you will find comfort knowing your sweet husband and daddy is no longer in pain. Stand on your unwavering faith in the days ahead. Try to remember all of the little things and sweet memories. I am praying for your peace. Love! Kelli

  12. Becky Werneth

    Carlton will be sadly missed by his wonderful family and all those who knew him. I’m very thankful for the entire HORTON Family!
    Memories of Norman & Edris race through my mind, always putting a BIG SMILE on my face,….and having Dinah Rose, for a sister-in-law is a BONUS in itself. I admire every Horton family member that I’ve had the privilege of meeting!
    May God bless this warm, loving, generous Family❤️🙏🏼❤️
    Becky Werneth

  13. Rusty Houseknecht

    He will be greatly missed! It was a pleasure working with him at Marine Builders We had some Good Times building Boats! He was a Good Man!!

  14. Tyler Murray

    Daddy, I am so happy to be called your daughter. You are greatly missed, but I know you are not in any pain and you are cancer free. As I told you before, I am taking care of Mama just like you would. I miss your smirky smile and your hard-working hands. Roll Tide! Love your #3


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