James Thomas Hortenberry Sr. age 81

James Thomas Hortenberry Sr. age 81


Mr. James Thomas Hortenberry Sr. age 81 of Pekin passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Hortenberry was born July 10, 1935 in Shelbyville, Kentucky the son of William and Edith Mae Hall Hortenberry. 

He was a retired maintenance worker for Monfort in Louisville and an auto mechanic. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Pekin. 

Jim worked with his hands on the farm growing up and plowing fields with a team of horses.  He and his granny, Gracie, overhauled the motor in his first car. 

He married Sandra Nell Grice at the First Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, Florida in 1967 and together they had three awesome children. He enjoyed playing guitar and banjo and singing at church.

James is survived by his wife:  Sandra Nell Grice Hortenberry of Pekin, a son:  James T. Hortenberry Jr. of Berne, Indiana, two daughters:  Victoria L. Whitehead of Pekin and Elisabeth A. Hortenberry of Indianapolis, two brothers:  Donald A. Hortenberry of Hoagland, Indiana and Kenneth R. Hortenberry of Royal, Arkansas, and two grandchildren:  Anastasia E. Hurst and T.J. Whitehead. 

He was preceded in death by a brother:  Cecil Hortenberry and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home. 

Burial will follow in Martinsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-7PM and Monday from 9AM-time of service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to:  Southern Care Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or Washington County Food Bank.