William "Billy" Harry Hortie, 50, beloved father of Joseph William and Nicholas James Hortie, died suddenly July 16, 2007, at his home in Gastonia, NC.
He was born July 6, 1957 at the US Naval Hospital in Camp Pendleton, CA, the second son and fourth of eight children of Robert Ernest Hortie, Sr. and Dorothy Agnes Bowling, formerly of Lanham, MD. He attended Prince George's County schools and was a graduate of Parkdale High School in New Carrollton, MD where he excelled in football. He married Jean M. Strain May 23, 1987.
He is survived by his beloved sons, Joseph and Nicholas, of Gastonia, NC; his parents, Robert and Dorothy Hortie of Salisbury, MD; and 7 brothers and sisters: Shirley Hortie Platt (Dennis) of Ogden, Utah; Margaret A. Hortie, of Salisbury, MD; Robert E. Hortie, Jr (Nancy) of Centreville, MD; Ronald F. Hortie (Phyllis) of New Market, MD; Laurie A. Hortie of Greenbelt, MD, Nancy L. Hortie Meyers (Jerry) of Columbus, IN and Elizabeth H. Hortie of Bowie, MD; four nieces, ten nephews and seven grand nieces and six grand nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry J. and Bridget N. Mattingly Bowling of Loogootee, IN; Grace A. Gavin of Winthrop, MA; Clara L. and Henry H. Hortie of Conway, MA; four aunts, Patricia Summers Bowling, Orvilla Strawn Bowling, Ardis Braun Bowling, Patricia A. Gavin; two uncles, Ralph E. Sherfick and Raymond L. (Jack) Bowling and five cousins.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude and grateful appreciation to Billy's employer Matt Huffman for his extraordinary friendship and kind support of our son and brother.
A memorial service will held August 25th at St Francis De Sales Catholic Parish 500 Camden Ave Salisbury MD 21801-5802 at 11:00 AM. Reception immediately following service.
An additional celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007 at
Berwyn Heights Town Hall
5700 Berwyn Road
Berwyn Heights, MD 20740
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A trust fund has been established by the Hortie family for Billy's sons, Joseph and Nicholas. Condolences to the family may be sent to: 105 Honeysuckle Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804
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