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CAPT. Charles “Charlie” Horton, USN

CAPT. Charles “Charlie” Horton, USN

December 27, 1934 - February 4, 2018     Age: 83

CAPT Charles B. Horton, USN, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018, in Fernandina Beach, Florida, at age 83.  He succumbed to complications from pneumonia.

Charlie was born in Dunbar, WV, December 27, 1934, the only child of Charles B. Horton and Fern Garrett Horton. After graduating from high school in 1953, he attended the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture, and joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  In 1956 he entered the Navy to pursue his dream of being a Navy pilot.  While in training, he joined the Naval Aviation Cadet Choir, and traveled the country for performances including an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  His dream of being a pilot was cut short after suffering a perforated ear drum.  He was transferred to enlisted rank aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid as a navigator.  In 1958, Charlie was released from active duty in the Navy and moved to Hollywood, CA where he worked as a technical illustrator and met the love of his life, Peggy Eudine Rowe.  Charlie and Peggy were married in 1961.  While in Hollywood, he pursued another passion, acting, notably performing with Ted Knight and Bernie Kopell.  He continued his education at the University of West Virginia, where he obtained his Doctorate of Dental Science in 1967.  Always an excellent student, he never ended his education; he eventually obtained his Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from George Washington University.

Re-entering the Navy as a Lieutenant, Charlie and Peggy embarked on a new life together.  During his long career, he served at bases across the southeast and overseas, including Naples, Italy, and Okinawa, Japan.  He served as the Executive Officer of the Naval Dental Command in Okinawa, and again in Parris Island, SC.  He was promoted to Commanding Officer of the Jacksonville Naval Dental Center in 1991, where he commanded eight clinics across the southeast.  His last two years in the Navy were served in Norfolk, VA as Deputy Atlantic Fleet Dental Officer.  CAPT Charles B. Horton, the consummate officer and gentleman, retired proudly from the Navy in 1996 after nearly 32 years of distinguished active duty service.

After the Navy, Charlie and Peggy returned to Fernandina Beach, FL, a special place for them, where they had previously lived for several years beginning in 1979.  He was a charter member of the Amelia Community Theatre in 1981.  Directing and acting in plays became his main avocation. He had brief roles in the movies “The Sunshine State” and “The Diary of Preston Plummer”, both filmed on Amelia Island.  He was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach where he sang with the Chancel Choir and the MUMC Ensemble.

Charlie is survived by Peggy, his wife of 56 years and lifelong love.  He is also survived by his three sons, Chris, Jeff, and Chad, daughers-in-law Jenny and Susan, and his seven grandchildren, Jenna, Chase, Sebryn, Slaton, Ashley, Lindsey, and Blake. He leaves behind his cousin and childhood friend Dr. Robert Raynes and his wife Madelyn Raynes, and his sister-in-law Jane Bond and her husband Dr. Wayne Bond.  His passing is deeply mourned by his extended family and countless friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

His funeral service will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Memorial United Methodist Church, and burial with Military Funeral Honors at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

A reception will immediately follow the burial at the Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Amelia Community Theater, 209 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach FL 32034 or Fernandina Beach United Methodist Church, 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach FL, 32034.


18 Condolences

  • John Chastine Posted February 5, 2018 5:26 pm

    I will miss my friend and neighbor. We had some great talks standing in our driveways discussing everything from cars to water softner systems. God bless and keep him.

  • Ben and Gail Shave Posted February 5, 2018 5:36 pm

    Peggy, I am so saddled at the loss of Charlie. What a wonderful man. We had many great talks and I learned
    so much. Don’t worry about Charlie, I’m sure God took him first class. To be by his side. May God be with you
    until you’re by his side again.

  • Chris and Bill Bryan Posted February 6, 2018 6:49 am

    Peggy, prayers are with you and your family. Always enjoyed talking with Charlie. So happy we had a wonderful visit before the choir party. at Christmas. He was a special man and will be missed.

  • Tammi and Don Holland Posted February 6, 2018 8:06 am

    Peggy, we were blessed and proud to have known Charlie as a friend and shipmate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

  • SHIRLEY WINGO SERGENT CLASS OF 1953 DUNBASR HIGH SCHOOL, Posted February 6, 2018 2:38 pm


  • Robert and Winette Odom Posted February 6, 2018 4:23 pm

    We are so sorry to learn of Charlie’s passing. He was always so upbeat. He and Peggy were the perfect couple. We will miss him.

  • Judi and George Brown Posted February 6, 2018 5:15 pm

    Peggy, we are so sorry about Charlie. He was a dear, sweet man – a gentleman and a scholar – and you were such a devoted couple. Our love and prayers are with you and your family now and in the days to come.

  • Ron Kurtz Posted February 6, 2018 5:44 pm

    Dear Peggy, knowing and working with Charlie over the years has been a privilege….Walking in his shoes and in his shadow while directing a second version of Arsenic and Old Lace, I always felt an obligation to honor his earlier contributions….He set exacting standards for us all. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • DeeDee Galloway-Potter Posted February 6, 2018 6:19 pm

    Peggy, I was so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I will always have fond memories of the times shared thru ACT with you and Charlie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Walter W. Hunt Posted February 6, 2018 6:35 pm

    We will greatly mis our fine neighbor .

  • Don Hughes Posted February 7, 2018 1:30 am

    Peggy – Charlie (and you) have been part of the Amelia Community Theatre for decades. Your dedication permeates the cinder blocks of the old and new theatre buildings. Charlie was passionate about jhe ACT and was 100% invested in its well being. I only knew Charlie through our theatre connections but always respected his vision and passion. God bless you and your family members.

  • MJ Ring Posted February 7, 2018 3:51 pm

    I am so sadden by the news of Captain’ passing. He was a true mentor and “Sea Daddy” when I needed one, which seemed to be often. I was privileged to serve with him on two occasions and have always cherished those memories. My deepest condolences go out to his family. Fair Winds Captain….

  • Betty Cox Posted February 7, 2018 4:32 pm

    Peggy, my heart breaks for you. I was shocked when I heard the news. So unexpected. Charlie was so approachable, friendly, funny and such an upright man. Easy to respect. I really liked him. Know that if you need anything, now or as time passes, just call or email me.

  • Bill Lucas Posted February 7, 2018 7:18 pm

    Charlie, Thanks for the memories.

  • emmy lou sorum Posted February 8, 2018 8:02 am

    Peggy, I am so very sorry for your loss, what a shock for all who knew him…he will be sorely missed…my prayers to you and your family.

  • Nanette Autry Posted February 8, 2018 11:00 am

    Dear Peggy, I was so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He took my picture for my bio in the playbill for ” It’s A Wonderful Life.” I appreciate his genuine care and professionalism. I pray God’s Blessings upon you and your family.

  • James “Ezra” Carney Posted February 8, 2018 2:17 pm

    Charlie I will never forget our time at Dunbar High School in the same home room with Bob Raynes. Our great friendship blossomed after high school with you and Peggy and will be sorely missed. Your legend of being the only student who had access to a Cadillac to drive on dates will never be forgotten.
    See you on the other side Charlie.

  • Rose Bennett Posted February 10, 2018 1:44 pm

    Dear Peggy and Family , So sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and keep you in your sorrow.

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