Danny Horton – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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Danny was born on December 15, 1958, at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. He was one of the fortunate souls who lived his life with gusto and freedom. He indulged his passions and made many friends having never met a stranger.

He was a loyal and loving son helping to care for his parents in their final years. He attended Muscle Shoals High School, and received a GED in 1977. In the 80s he lived in Panama City, Fla. for a few years working with the county maintenance department. The year 1989 brought love into his life when he married. Together with his wife’s two daughters, he had an instant family and was living the American dream with a family and owning a home. Unfortunately, they grew apart and the marriage ended two years later. He recently said she had been the love of his life. Although Danny retired in recent years, he had worked several years as a mechanic and maintenance technician.

His true passions were his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and building model airplanes. An expert mechanic, he was often seen working on his motorcycle or car. He also loved the outdoors going fishing, canoeing and camping. Cruising on his Harley brought him much joy, and he shared this past time with many of his friends who were also motorcycle enthusiasts. He turned this passion into opportunities to raise awareness and money for children in need. He had no children of his own but was a proud uncle to his nephew and niece. He took pride in participating in The Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride for several years. He turned much of his attention to building model airplanes in recent years. He took a lot of pride in building these planes with much detail. He loved learning about military history and many of his models were military planes from the WWII era.

After a long illness, Danny’s life came to an end on July 21, 2012, at the age of 53. In his last month of life, he was visited by many friends and family. He was pleased to see everyone, basking in all the love and warmth with which they surrounded him. He received excellent care at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala., Keller Landing Care and Rehabilitation Center, Tuscumbia and Hospice of the Shoals, Russellville. The doctors, nurses, techs and staff always provided him with the utmost care and compassion, which was also extended to his family and friends.

Danny will be missed by all those who knew him.

Spry-Williams Funeral Home directing.

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