The small town of Southington will miss Bill Horton.
The long-time resident served as the first chairman of the Southington Water Board. He was active in the Southington United Methodist Church and served on its board of trustees. He put the Christmas lights on the church tower.
''Bill always stepped up if it meant for the betterment of the community,'' said township trustee Sam Plott.
All of Trumbull County will miss Bill Horton. An electrician by trade, he installed the electricity at Relay for Life events. He served tirelessly on the Trumbull County United Way board of directors. He worked on the Warren City Schools Strategic Planning Committee. He served stints as president of the Children's Rehabilitative Services and Trumbull County SCOPE.
''If he sees a need or a project, he gets involved,'' former Trumbull County Republican Party Chairman Craig Bonar once said of Horton.
William C. ''Bill'' Horton, 80, died Aug. 28 in Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home. Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. today. A Masonic service will take place at 4:45 p.m. today.
Mr. Horton's community service began in the 1950s when, at age 19, he took over an Explorer Post for the Boy Scouts of America. His service continued even last summer when he acted out a scene during an Ohio Chautauqua performance in downtown Warren.
Mr. Horton was once named Man of the Year by the Harriett Taylor Upton Association and was a 2003 Tribune Chronicle Community Star.
The owner / operator of Horton Electrical Contracting Inc., before retiring in 1997, was a pillar in the community. He leaves his handiwork throughout the community - many major buildings around Trumbull County had their electricity installed by Horton.
More importantly, he leaves his heart throughout our community.