Memphians are mourning the passing of Evie R. Horton, widow of the late Judge Odell Horton, and a renowned community activist and volunteer in her own right.
"She was a great neighbor, parent, and friend," Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Thursday. "She was also the epitome of a true companion as she was always dutiful and loving to her late husband in every moment of his life. Ruby and I will miss her sorely".
Mrs. Horton, a 2012 Woman of Excellence honored by The New Tri-State Defender, was a retired Memphis City Schools teacher and well-known for her cultural and social contributions. She was the past president and treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of Links, Inc. Developer of the Ladies-in-Waiting for the Links Annual Cotillion, and a member of their Archives and History Committee.
A founding member, former president and treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc., Mrs. Horton also was past president and treasurer of Jack and Jill, Inc. and a member of the Elite Literary Club and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
A former board member of the Children's Museum and Brooks Museum of Art and, presently, Mrs. Horton served on the Nominating Committee for the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Dinner for the Memphis Theological Seminary.
Featured in "The Circle Unbroken" of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, she was a life member of the NAACP and mentored students in the MCS Connect Mentoring Program.
Her church history included membership at Mt. Pisgah CME Church.
The mother of two sons, attorney Odell Horton Jr. and Christopher Horton, she was the proud grandmother to Odell III and Matthew Horton.
Judge Horton died in 2006. The Hortons were married for 50-plus years.