Frederick Douglas Fitzgerald Horne, Jr., 83, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Freddy, as he was fondly known, was a native of Asheville, NC and a son of the late Frederick Douglas Fitzgerald Horne, Sr. and Gwendolyn Penland Horne. He attended Asheville City schools and graduated from Stephens-Lee High School Class of 1954. He was a member of the football team, Junior Red Cross, Crown & Scepter Honor Society, Varsity Club and folk dance group. Freddy was 1st Vice Mayor of the school for two years and Mayor his senior year. He was the first African-American to drive in the Jaycee's Car Rodeo. In 2008, Freddy was inducted into the Stephens-Lee High School Sports Hall of Fame. He continued his education at Johnson C. Smith University, participating in football and was a three-year badminton champion. He took extended courses from the University of Guam, University of Maryland, US Air Force and Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, NC for fire protection.
Freddy was a member of Berry Temple United Methodist Church and served as church greeter, trustee and member of the stewardship board. He was a life member of the NAACP, AMVETS, YMCA and Stephens-Lee Alumni Association and served as membership chair and sergeant-at-arms. He was a charter member of the Rites of Passage and a member of Johnson C. Smith Alumni Association.
Freddy was veteran of the US Air Force. He served in Guam, Vietnam, Thailand and Germany and was awarded several medals and ribbons during his military career. In 1980, he retired from the US Air Force as an Assistant Fire Chief. After retirement, he was employed at Wayne County Hospital, Water's Construction and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, NC.
Freddy was a member of Fawndale Lodge #363, I.B.P.O.E. of W. He served as Tiler, Lecturing Knight, and Exalted Ruler. In the 8th District, he served as Special Deputy, member of the Past Exalted Rulers Council #134 and served as Vice Chief Antler and Chief Antler; and also active in Civil Liberties Department. In the NC State Association of Elks, Freddy was a trustee, a member of the Enloe Past State President's Council #3 and a member of the Fire and Safety Auxiliary. He received several Elk of the Year awards in 2000, 2002 and 2008 and Elk of the Year in 2017 for the NC State Association.
Freddy's hobbies included all sports, anything that was logical and talking smack! His motto: "Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man."
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Geraldine Bunch Horne; and significant other for many years, Mary Talford.
Left to cherish his memory is a son, Jerome S. Horne; daughters, Jacquelyn L. Horne, Shontelle Horne-Thomas and Yolanda Montez Brown; 3 grandchildren, Lauren Alston Smith-Miklia, Onterrio R. Horne and Jheri Troublefiled; 2 great-grandchildren; special friend and caregiver, Veronica Sanchez; long-time friend, Ernestine Rawls; other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Fawndale Lodge #363, % Bro. James Duncan, 6 Dalton St. Asheville, NC 28803.
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Fawndale Lodge #363
6 Dalton St., Asheville NC 28803