James “Ted” Horner was born December 1, 1935, in Selah, Washington to Elbert and Martha (Caudill) Horner. He went home to be with Jesus on January 29, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
Ted went to grade school at the Oak Ridge School in Christian County and to Bradleyville High School where he graduated in 1953.
Ted served in the United States Army from October 1958 to September 1960. He was stationed in Trois Fontaine, France, as a mechanic at the largest ammo depot in Europe.
On December 9, 1960, Ted married Nadine Dawn and they had three children: Jimmie, Wilma, and Johnny. In January of 1974 they added their fourth child, Barbara, who came to live with them.
Ted owned and operated C&H Pallet Mill in Bradleyville, Missouri. He made and repaired pallets for Royal Oak Charcoal which was owned by life-long friend, James Paul Keeter. For a time, he was partners with his nephews, Roy and Steve Combs. He also owned a stake mill in Badleyville. Later in life Ted owned and operated the famous Teddy’s T&A (Trinkets and Antiques) at 160 Junction near Forsyth.
Ted was a member of the Bradleyville General Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon. He later became a charter member of New Vision Church and continued to serve in that role for a total of nearly 60 years. In 2020 he was recognized as a “Faithful Deacon” by the White River Association.
Ted was also a beloved youth leader at New Vision General Baptist Church. He was the transportation provider for several youth trips and mission trips. He took an active part working in the White River Association and Youth Camps. His favorite role was working behind the scenes. You could often hear him say, “We need to support our kids.”
Ted loved Jesus and looked forward to the day when he would see him. Ted’s greatest desire was for all his family and friends to get saved and go to heaven.
Ted loved to joke and tease and considered everyone he met a friend. He was loved by everyone who knew him. His nephews and nieces affectionately called him Uncle Teddy and many in the community called him Teddy Bear.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ray, Bert, Tom, and Joe Horner; two sisters, Norma Combs and Chauncy Paul; and several nephews and nieces.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nadine; two sons, Jimmie Horner and wife Pam of Forsyth, Missouri, and Johnny Horner and wife Kathy of Taneyville, Missouri; two daughters, Wilma Harpole and husband John of Wasilla, Alaska and Barbara Comer and husband Bill of Ava, Missouri; two grandsons, Logan Horner and Dustin Comer and wife Kerry; two granddaughters, Charity Cook and husband Keaton, Cindy Todd and husband Tony; three great-grandsons, Pablo, Daniel, and Ridge Comer; two great-granddaughters, Kambria and Arica Todd. He is also survived by a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.