Virgil O. Horn Jr., passed October 18, 2017 at UAMS, Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Virgil O. Horn Jr., the first born of two sons, was born to Virgil O. Horn Sr., and Ella Mae (Pemberton) Horn on April 23, 1951, in Kansas City, MO. At an early age, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Virgil completed most of his education. In 1968, just before his senior year of high school, the family relocated to Ottawa, Kansas. Dr. Horn's remark concerning this move: "From the motor city to a rural city-- what a culture shock"
Dr. Horn has been the pastor of Sardis 1st Missionary Baptist Church for 28 years. He served as the Second Vice-President in the Kansas State Missionary Baptist Convention for five years. Dr. Horn's civic activities include the Coffeyville branch of the NAACP, (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), former member of PINCH, (People for Institutional and Communal Harmony), the Coffeyville City Commission, where he served as Mayor of Coffeyville for three years, the Field Kindley High School Site Council, CAC (Citizens Against Crime), the League of Kansas Municipalities and the Governor's Task Force on Racism. In 2004, Dr. Horn was cited by the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce as Educator of the Year, and in 2013 served as President of the Coffeyville Ministerial Alliance.
Dr. Horn was employed by USD # 455 for 22 years, 15 of which he was director of NADO (New Alternative Direction Opportunities), a school for students who struggled in a regular classroom setting and was founded by Dr. Horn.
Virgil Horn was preceded in death by both his parents and his brother, Vernell Horn. However, he leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 25 years, Paulette, eight children: Tyronne (Barbara) Burnett, Rahshae DeCasta, Amber (Kendall) Bean, Christopher (Tavorra) Horn, Michael (Jamie) Horn, Jacquelyn (Marvin) Henderson, Phillip (Kayela) Horn, and Matthew Horn, 24 grandchildren and a host of other relatives, dear friends and loved ones.
Viewing will be Friday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mission Funeral Services, 502 S. Union
Wake Service Friday, October 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sardis 1st Missionary Baptist Church, 414 E. 2nd Street
Service will be Saturday, October 28th at First Baptist Church, 300 W. 9th Street at 11:00 a.m.
Interment: Fairview Cemetery