Services for Edwin Forrest Horne, of Thomasville, are 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Milton C. Gardner will officiate and interment is in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers are Willis L. Palmer, Richard Hunsucker, Rick Horne, Felix Horne, John Trulock and Neil Joiner. Mr. Horne was a life-long resident of Metcalf and Thomasville. He was born March 11, 1923, in Thomasville, to parents Edwin Forrest Horne Sr. and Mamie Bennett Horne, both deceased. Mr. Horne was the owner of Horne’s Grocery. He married Hazel W. Horne, who survives, in Thomasville. Mr. Horne served in the United States Army. In World War II, he served in the Third Army under the command of Gen. George Patton. He was assigned to the 38th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade, serving in the 565th Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Unit, where he fought at the Battle of the Bulge. His unit was the first to land on the beaches of Normandy. Mr. Horne was a life-long member of First Baptist Church. He attended Thomasville High School and the University of Georgia. He was an avid gardener and fisherman who had a love for nature and the great outdoors. Mr. Horne died Monday, June 23, 2009, at Golden Living Center. Survivors include his wife Hazel, of Thomasville, Ga.; daughters, Kathy H. Palmer and Libbi H. Howell (Bill), both of Thomasville, Ga., and Peggy H. Gaskins (Doug) of Nashville, Ga.; grandson, Will Palmer (Morgan) of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; great-grandson, Edwin Fordham Palmer of Santa Rosa Beach; sister, Mary H. Mahony of Augusta, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy H. Trulock, and a brother, Bennett F. Horne. The family would like to express its gratitude to all the caregivers at Southern Pines, Archbold Memorial Hospital and Golden Living Center. The family will receive friends 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at 114 Hampton Court in Thomasville. Memorials may be made to Golden Living Center, Meals on Wheels and the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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