JoAnn McKown Horton, 81, wife of the late Harry Lucas Horton, died August 31, 2006 at Mullins Nursing Center, Mullins, S.C. Born January 25, 1925 in Valley Head, Ala., she was the daughter of the late James Paul and Leatha Ann Sibley McKown. She was a graduate of Winchester High School, attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and worked for the Atomic Energy Commission at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After moving to Abbeville, she assisted her husband with his business, Horton Insurance Agency.
Mrs. Horton was a devoted mother and member of Main Street United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of the Abbeville Cotillion Club, active supporter of the Abbeville Opera House, and an avid golfer for many years as a member of High Meadows Country Club. She enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad with friends and family.
Surviving are her four children and their spouses, Dudley McKown Horton and wife Evelyn, Dr. Mark Marion Horton and wife Janet, all of Abbeville; Jill Horton McMillan and husband Sam of Mullins, and Christopher Lucas Horton and wife Soona of Greensboro, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Samuel Lucas McMillan and wife Lisa; Jason Horton McMillan, Austin Davis McMillan, Jessica Hope Horton, Kellie Lauren Horton, Sara Beth Horton, Brandon Alexander Horton, Turner McKown Horton, Caroline Joanna Horton, and Hannah Marie Horton; two sisters, Virginia Louise McKown Brock of Cowan, Tenn., and Nancy McKown Neal of Winchester, Tenn.; and a brother-in-law, Charles Thurman Horton of Belvidere, Tenn.