Charles Edward Horton began his life on November 30,1948 in Rosebud, Texas as the fourth child of ten born to Ray Horton and Charlie Mae Whitfield Horton. Charles passed at the age of 70 on November 26, 2019 in Dallas, Texas after a brief battle with brain cancer.
Charles attended school in Rosebud, Texas where he graduated from Wilson White High School. He completed his BS in Sociology from West Texas State where he was a cornerback on the famous West Texas State Buffalo football team. He was a proud member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. As a lifelong learner, Charles continued to follow his passion as an avid reader and studying real estate, city planning, urban development and local politics. Charles was always called to serve whatever community he encountered. He was a committed Pan-Africanist, prison reform advocate, activist, mentor and consultant in Dallas and surrounding communities.
As a natural connector, Charles was well suited to sales where he was a successful insurance agent with New York Life in Amarillo, Texas. When he moved to Dallas, Texas to be closer to his children and family, he was a successful salesman with Friendly Chevrolet, Goode-Taylor and later spent 29 years with Freeman Honda where he was employed until his passing.
Charles was a very proud father to his three children and proud grandfather to his 2 week-old grandson. Family was central to who Charles was and he was a loving son, brother, and uncle and involved member with his large extended family. You could often find Charles referred to as a family member and mentor to his customers, friends and so many people throughout his life. Once you were part of his life you were always in his heart.
Charles is preceded in death by his father, Ray Horton and three brothers: Judge Ray Horton, Bobbie Horton and Lewis Horton.
Charles leaves cherished memories to his three children: Erika Horton, Eric Rahman Horton (Ronette), Rasul Diop, grandson Ahsyaad Horton and his ex-wife, Atoie Hooks Horton. His mother, Charlie Mae Horton; brothers: Arthur Horton (Sue), Willie Horton (Diane), Raymond Horton (Janice), Max Horton (Janis), sisters: Dr. Annie Horton Barkers, Minister Charlie Horton Cook, and Zelma Horton Scott (Arthur). Numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, a host of cousins, friends and customers.
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu