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Mr. Hansel Robert “Pete” Horton, age 80, of Mt. Vernon, died Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness.  He was a native of Glenwood and lived there until moving to Mt. Vernon in 1961.  He was owner and operator of Pete’s Garage in Mt. Vernon, was a police officer with Mt. Vernon Police Department, and retired from Montgomery State Prison after thirty-four years.  He also served as a volunteer firefighter and former fire chief of the Mt. Vernon Fire Department.  Pete was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon where he served as deacon and member of the Men’s Sunday school class.  He enjoyed fishing and camping at Lake Oconee.  He is preceded in death by his son, Robin Horton; parents, Hansel Rawlins Horton and Nora Holcomb Horton; three siblings, James Burkett, Annie Ruth Sears and Cleo Ethridge.

His family includes his wife of sixty-two years, Janice Powell Horton of Mt. Vernon; one daughter, Tonya Horton Ward and husband Joey; four grandsons, Tyler Horton and wife Leilania, Dillon Ward and wife Ellie, Mason Horton and wife Brittany, and Devan Ward and wife Katelyn, all of Mt. Vernon; three great-grandchildren, Kaden Horton, Asher Horton and Raelynn Horton; and two nephews, Russell Burkett and wife Joann, and David Burkett and wife Shanna, all of Vidalia.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, November 24th from 6:00 until 8:00.

The funeral service will be Saturday morning, November 25th at 11:00 at First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon with Pastor Karl Hay and Pastor Chad Ritchie officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Mt. Vernon, PO Box 482, Mt. Vernon, GA 30445.

Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia is in charge of arrangements.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of "Pete" Horton, please visit our floral store.

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