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Allister Duane Horton better known by his friends and family as “Al” was born March 28, 1956 to proud parents Christine Crutchfield Horton and the late John W. Horton.
Al joined the New Hope Baptist Church at a young age. He was a member of the Trustee Board and sang with the New Hope Male Chorus. He also played the bass guitar for the male chorus. Al was dedicated and passionate about his service to the Lord and exhibited his love for Christ through his diligent service to the church.
Al obtained his primary education in the Chatham County Schools and graduated from Northwood High School in 1974. After high school Al attended Durham Technical Community College and obtained his Associates Degree in Automotive Mechanics. Al utilized his Associates Degree to grow an affinity for working on antique cars and grew to become an excellent mechanic.
Al worked for the Department of Transportation (DOT) for 20 plus years and later retired. After retiring from the DOT he began working as a Bus Driver for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools part time while also working as a part time fire fighter for the White Cross Volunteer Fire Department. Working with Fire Department was one of his favorite past times and he became a well loved and respected member of the fire fighter team. Al loved spending time outdoors gardening and fishing with friends. He was also a member of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge #147 of Pittsboro, NC and the Seven Degree Holy Royal Arch Masonry Chapter 28 of Carrboro, NC.
Al leaves to cherish his memory his wife and best friend Mary Gayle Horton of Chapel Hill, NC; three children Alicia Horton, Annetta Horton, AJ Horton (Jessica) all of Garner, NC; five sisters Patricia H. Barbee, Shirley H. Jenkins, Veronica H. Ragsdale of Apex NC, Christine Horton-Holmes (Kelvin) of Durham, NC, Felicia H. Hankins (Walter) of Indianapolis, IN; two brothers John W. Horton Jr. (Constance) of Portsmouth, VA and Douglas E. Horton (Keiko) of Apex, NC; four grandchildren Khrystian Lawrence, Tatyanna Horton, Kayson Cole, Khaleesi Horton, Segee Lynn; two well loved great-grandchildren Michael Marsh and Savannah Marsh; one aunt Alma Jean Crutchfield of Chapel Hill, NC; one uncle Jesse Ray of Raleigh, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, families and friends. He was preceded in death by his father John W. Horton.