William Calvin Horton

Profile Updated: July 16, 2023
William Calvin Horton
Residing In: DeLand, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Ginger Brown Horton
Occupation: Retired
Children: William Alexander Horton (Alex), born 1970, Principal of West Phoenix High School, The Leona Group; More…three children. Lauren L. Hannapel, born 1977, Manager of Regulatory Compliance and Infection Prevention, Halifax Health Care, Daytona Beach, Florida; two children.
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Ginger and I began dating in 1960, married in 1965, and lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, until 1967 while I finished my undergraduate work in political science. We moved to Charlotte, where she was a school teacher and I worked in various positions in the City of Charlotte personnel department.

I obtained an educational leave and we again lived in Chapel Hill from 1971-72 while I worked on a Master of Public Administration degree. We returned to Charlotte and resumed our careers, remaining there until 1974, when I was appointed Assistant City Manager of Decatur, Georgia. Ginger continued her work as a middle school music teacher until Lauren was born in 1977. She eventually resumed work as the school secretary for Lauren's elementary school.

We remained in Decatur until 1989. That year, I was appointed Public Safety Director of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ginger became the school secretary/bookkeeper/business manager for a middle school in Chapel Hill.

In 1990, I was selected by the Council as Town Manager. I served in that post for sixteen years, until I retired in 2006. I also was an adjunct faculty member in the UNC School of Government, teaching the courses in city and county management in the Master of Public Administration Program from 2002 to 2008.

Ginger and I moved to Prescott, Arizona, in 2010. Prescott is in the central mountains, in the middle of the Prescott National Forest. We traveled, hiked, and served as volunteers for the US Forest Service and the Highlands Center for Natural History.

In March, 2022, we moved to DeLand, FL, a small college town (Stetson University) and are enjoying exploring our new state and visiting with our daughter and her family.

Ginger and I both volunteer at the Lyonia Environmental Center.

School Story:

Some of my favorite memories: our championship football team's outstanding season during our senior year; hours and hours at the L&M; open house at White Memorial; singing for Judy Freeman as a member of the Ensemble; Oklahoma; falling in love with Ginger.

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Feb 23, 2024 at 3:00 PM

Johnny, Happy Birthday to you, old friend. Isn't it amazing that we're still here and having fun! Ginger and I hope you have a good celebration with your family. All the best to Gloria, too. Cal

Feb 15, 2024 at 11:45 AM

Robert, I hope you have a great day filled with laughter and the joy of being with family and friends. Happy Birthhday! Calvin

Feb 12, 2024 at 10:49 AM

Ron, Have a great Birthday. Best to Mary B, also.

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Feb 06, 2024 at 11:38 AM
Jan 31, 2024 at 4:49 PM

Dear Friend Katharine: I hope that you and your family have planned an apprpriate celebration for your birthday. Let the wild rumpus begin! Calvin

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Jan 19, 2024 at 11:01 PM

Posted on: Jan 18, 2024 at 1:46 PM

Happy Bithday, friend Don! I know that you'll find a way to have some exra fun with your family and friends today. Every time I see your name, I think of the good times we had together when we were kids and at school together. You're still a good guy who makes friends with everyone. All good wishes, Cal

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Jan 17, 2024 at 11:30 AM

Posted on: Jan 16, 2024 at 12:00 PM

Mera, Happy Birthday to you! Hard to believe another year as rolled around on the great wheel of time. I hope you are doing well and taking time to do the things that make you happy. All good wishes for a great day, Calvin

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Jan 15, 2024 at 9:47 PM

Posted on: Jan 14, 2024 at 11:27 AM

Happy Birthday, friend Susan! I hope you'll spend some time looking after yourself today by doing whatever it is that makes you the happiest. All good wishes, Cal

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Jan 10, 2024 at 1:29 PM

Posted on: Jan 09, 2024 at 5:16 PM

Happy Birthday, Dusty! I hope you've had a good celebration with your family and friends. All good wishes on your special day. Calvin

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Jan 05, 2024 at 3:41 PM

Taftt and my brother Buck and I were friends when we were little boys living in Caraleigh, and remained friends for many years.  His parents and mine both operated grocery stores, so we had some background in common.   We attended different elementary schools when both of us moved into Raleigh, he at Boylan Heights, and Buck and I at Murphy, but were reunited at Morson Junior High School and continued together at Broughton.  I remember delivering stock to the Cutler Street Grocery when I worked in my parents' wholesale business, and Taft often would be at the store.  He was a successful in operating his grocery, I think because he had a great personality and made a friend of everyone he met.  I am sorry to learn so late of his passing.

Jan 03, 2024 at 6:03 PM

Happy New Year, old friend. I still cannot eat barbecue without thinking about your parents! Hope all goes well for you and your family. Calvin

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Jan 03, 2024 at 11:58 AM

Reid and I became friends in the fifth grade, and got to know each other especially well when I joined the Cub Scout pack organized by his mother, who was a very nice lady.  We remained friends for the rest of our years in the Raleigh schools, but lost contact after graduation, except for a couple of reunions.  As Mark notes above, he was a great trumpet player..  He also was a great guy.

Dec 02, 2023 at 3:43 PM

Hope you have a big celebration with your family. Happy Birthday! Calvin

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Nov 18, 2023 at 2:30 PM

Posted on: Nov 16, 2023 at 11:17 AM

Happy Birthday, friend Ben. I hope that Francine spoils you even more than usual today. After all, when you have been on the earth as long as we have, you deserve special treatment. I still have great memories of singing with you and Bob Denlinger and the other members of the Ensemble. Come see us when you want a Florida vacation. All good wishes, Calvin

Nov 10, 2023 at 11:38 AM

Happy Birthday, Martin. I hope that you are properly feted by your family. At our age, birthdays should be uproariously lavish! All good wishes, Cal

Oct 26, 2023 at 2:08 PM

Happy Birthday, Billy. I trust that all goes well for you and your family. I hope that we will cross trails again. All good wishes, Cal

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Sep 19, 2023 at 4:40 PM

Posted on: Sep 19, 2023 at 12:42 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. Chuckles! I hope you have a great day. All good wishes, Calvin

Sep 17, 2023 at 3:39 PM

Randy, all good wishes for a happy birthday celebration with your family and friends. Best, Cal

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Sep 16, 2023 at 6:48 PM

Posted on: Sep 15, 2023 at 3:30 PM

Friend Carolyn, Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, i hope you're having a good time on your Birthday. All good wishes, Calvin

Aug 29, 2023 at 11:43 AM

Charlene, I send all good wishes for a Happy Birthday. Hope you're doing well and enjoying your retirement. Best, Calvin