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Born:July 6, 1957
Camp Pendleton, California
Died:July 16, 2007
Gastonia, North Carolina

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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

Contact family by email at: [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

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Personal Notes

Billy was a fierce competitor in high school football. The smallest guy on the field, but he had the toughest demeanor. He was a fearless player.
I am saddened to hear of his loss. May God bless his soul.

Added by Jay McCarl, Parkdale Class of '76

I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three. ~Author Unknown

I Love You, Billy!

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My condolences to all who loved him. I never got to meet him, but heard many things about him. My heart goes out to you all. God Bless!
Added by Michelle Romero

I am so sad. Today I find out that an old, good friend has passed. I've known Billy and Jean since car days at Tollison Buick. When I first me him, I knew he was special. We became fast friends and I spent lots of time with Bill and his family. I was at their wedding, at the hospital when Joe was born and spent many, many good times with them.
My blessing and condolenses go out to his family. Billy you will be missed. Today I lost a good friend. May God bless your family.

Chuck Dyson

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Bill was loving man who approached all things in life with exuberance. No half measures were taken, for with Bill, it was all or nothing.

I will miss his spirit, but know that he will always be a part of my life as he lives on in my heart.

"No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humaneness."
- Hermann Broch

Added by sister Laurie

Billy was a good man who always strived to be a better person. It is easy to see that he loved many, worked hard, and enjoyed people. He was a good father, friend, and hunting companion. We shot darts, drank bear, had fun, and we laughed often.

When we were both much younger I bought my first car from him and he got me a job driving a truck. He was always helpful, looking out for others along the way.

He will be missed and it is sometimes hard to believe he is gone. He was loved.

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Our hearts go out to you as parents, to Billy's siblings. I'm sure this all feels so surreal! Remember the good times and always the smiles. We sure remember the times at the Lions Nights held for the Camp for the Deaf and the many meals we shared at the Bay & Surf when Billy was bartending! We shall keep you all in our hearts and prayers.

Added by LOVE to All - Jan & Bart Daly

My condolences to the Hortie family. I was friends with Billy and all the Horties many years ago when they lived in Chillum, and later in Lanham. I remeber the many times playing all kinds of sports, kickball, football and baseball in their backyard. When we were older, there were pick up games of football at Parkdale in the 70's.
I am so sorry to hear this news.

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