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R.E. "Red" Horton of Amarillo, Texas, formerly of Pampa, Texas stepped on his saddled horse to enter the gates of Heaven on Saturday, April 18, 2020. He passed from this earth in his home with family by his side.
Red will be available for viewing from 1:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 8:00AM-8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Due to the current community regulations regarding large gatherings, a private family service will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Memory Gardens Cemetery with Pastor Travis Bennett of Arena of Life Church of Amarillo, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.
Daddy, Red, was born on January 3, 1925 in Blooming Rose, Missouri to Lee Thomas Horton and Junia Alma Walker to a home of meager means. He was the fourth from the youngest of 12 children. At the age of 12, he lived with neighbors Hub and Leona Burrows. At age 15, he went to work on the Emmett Lefors Ranch in Roberts County where he met his cowboy sweetheart, Virginia Huff. Red served our country during WWII from March 1943 until December 1945 fighting through Central Europe with Patton’s Army. After the war, he and Virginia were married in Miami. They were married for 70 years at the time of her death in January of 2016. Red accepted Jesus as Lord of his life at age 76 at a PBR Bull Riding and was baptized in Arena of Life Church, where he served as greeter and usher.
Red is survived by 2 daughters, Sue Giddeon and husband Sammy, and Cindy Newman and husband Robert, all of Amarillo; 3 grandchildren, Sissy Cooke and husband Terrell of Amarillo, Jenny Riggle and husband Shane of Borger, and Justin Newman and wife Ronna of Clarendon; 7 great grandchildren, Remington Cooke of Amarillo, SPC Payton "Pete" Newman and wife Kimberly of Fort Lewis, Washington, Jayden Newman, Cruz Newman, Deliza Newman, Nicholas Newman and Isaiah Newman all of Clarendon; and 2 sisters, Evalene Henry of Jones, Oklahoma and Alma Wade of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Red was also preceded in death by his mother Junia, father Tom, and 6 brothers, and 4 sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Arena of Life Church, P.O. Box 8577, Amarillo, Texas 79114 or RR High School SPED Dept., C/O Dean Birkes, 101 Mobley, Amarillo, Texas 79108
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
1:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:00am - 8:00pm (Central time)
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