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Charlie Horn

Charlie Horn, 82, died February 4th 2016, peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was born April 22, 1933, in Shelby to Coleman (Cobby) Horn and Sarah Roberts Horn. He was preceded in death by his parents, step mother, Elizabeth (Lib) Lee Horn, brother Jim Horn, sister Louise (Weasy) Martin and brother-in-law Carl Martin and step brother Bill Lee.

Survivors include his wife Jeri of 57 years, son Chuck Horn, daughters Jolly and husband Allen Putnam, and Joy and husband David Pharr all of Shelby. He adored his grandchildren, Jessica and her husband Jonathan Smith, Sara, Alex and Claire Horn, Coleman and Halle Putnam, Charlie Rose and Olive Pharr and one great grandchild Danielle Byers, sister-in-law Linda Horn of Shelby and step sister-in-law Jean Lee of Forest City. He loved his nieces, Patricia L. Noggle, Jane L. Hamrick, Kathy L. Condie, Elizabeth L. Ray, Janet Horn and Gracie H. Bankhead and his other grandnieces and grandnephews.

Charlie graduated from Shelby High School where he played football. He served in the Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He then attended Wake Forest University receiving a BS in History and Political Science and a LLB/JD before returning to Shelby to join his father's law firm, Horn West and Horn. Charlie was a premier Trial Attorney and was joined in the law firm by Terry Pack in 1991 and Becky Brown in 1992. He was honored to become a District Court Judge for the 27th District in 2001. His belief in the Judicial System made him an advocate for many people both as a lawyer and a judge.

Charlie helped as a trainer with Shelby High football, as a leader and instructor with Boy Scouts of America and as president of Shelby Aquatic Club. He was a lifelong member of The Cleveland County Democratic Party, Cleveland County Bar Association, NC Trial Attorneys, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Director of Upper Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce.

Charlie's sanctuary was the great outdoors. He loved hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting both locally and out West. Riding horses with his ol' buddies was his favorite weekend pass time. Charlie cherished most the time he spent on his farm on Polkville Road where he watched his children and grandchildren learn to love the outdoors. Farming, horseback riding, camping and family gatherings were the happiest moments in his life. He taught us all that love, compassion, respect and forgiveness are the greatest gifts of all. And that God is spelled GOOD.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church Sanctuary on Saturday, February 6th at 11:00, and the family will receive friends immediately following the service, and other times at the home of Allen and Jolly Putnam, 2902 Elizabeth Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ella Randolph Scholarship Fund, 124 Kester Road, Cherryville NC 28021, Hospice of Cleveland County 951 Wendover Heights Drive Shelby NC 28150, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 100 P.O. Box 1059 Gastonia, NC 28053.

Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Horn

Guest Registry is available at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com

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