Ira Franklin Horne, 86, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2017, at Haven Hospice Care Center in Lake City, Florida. Ira was a lifelong resident of Live Oak, born in a small farmhouse on the Horne homestead a few miles Southeast of town. The ninth of 11 children, Ira worked hard at his father's side plowing land, picking corn and tobacco and other various crops. As a young boy, Ira was involved and responsible as he helped his father on the farm. Ira was in college when he was drafted into the U.S. Navy during the Korean War Era. His greatest pride, other than his grandchildren, was the offer of a full scholarship for a PhD in archeology to serve on a team which was to search for King Solomon's Mines in Arabia. But family and his duty to them called him back home, and diverted him from what would have been a great adventure. Ira was a man of many talents and not only helped and cared for the farm for 76 years, but tended multiple crops of Angus cattle, tobacco, corn, pine trees, and eventually built a poultry farm. Additionally, he was a realtor and studied with detail the land in Suwannee and surrounding counties. He returned to college in the 1980's studying Industrial Psychology at Florida State University. After living in Tallahassee Monday through Friday and returning to family and farm on weekends, he completed his Bachelors of Science Degree at Valdosta State College (VSU). The next few years, while still running the farm, he worked as a Safety Officer at Occidental Chemical Company then studied and became certified in Real Estate. Ira's greatest loves, other than his family, were hunting dove, fishing, Wednesday night fish fries with friends, and breakfasts at the Dixie Grill where he enjoyed "taking care of business" and visiting with friends.
Ira married Claydell Hooter, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1963 and they had two daughters, Edress and Edna. Ira ran Midway Farms, a Century Pioneer Family Farm, while Claydell worked in the area teaching nursing. In 1973 Ira bought a "how to" book and built a house during the evenings, after all the farmwork was done. He cut the timber from his own pine trees for the frame of the house. The home still stands strong on the farmland today.
Ira is predeceased by his father, Homa Judson Horne, his mother, Allie Welch Horne, and eight of his 10 siblings, Edna Mae Harrell (Hardy), Eva Belle Williams (Hugh), Ruby Tomlinson (James), Martha Gunter, Mary Lou Nordmann, Ansel Thomas Horne (Jo), Edward James Horne (Verna), and Donald William Horne (Rita). He is survived by his wife, Claydell Horne, his two daughters, Edress Horne Darsey (Dean) of Atlanta and Edna Horne Moore of Atlanta, and his beloved grandchildren, Madison Darsey and Hunter Darsey. He also leaves his two surviving brothers, Calvin Horne (Annie) and Homa Judson "HJ" Horne (Maxine).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11th at 11 AM at Daniels Funeral Home with family visitation to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Advent Christian Village, PO Box 4305, Dowling Park, FL 32064 or Haven Hospice/Suwannee Valley Care Center, 6037 W. US Hwy 90, Lake City Florida 32055.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory of Live Oak and Branford, FL is in charge of all arrangements.
Published on March 9, 2017