Horace Gaylon Layton, age 79, Retired US Army Lt. Colonel, and former Inspector General of Fort Monmouth passed away quietly in his home surrounded by friends and family on October 30, 2014. A career solider and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he leaves behind a legacy of honor and service. His career accomplishments span from Korea, Viet Nam to overseeing the vast modernization of military communications at Ft Monmouth, NJ. Many of the Programs Mr. Layton was involved in at Ft Monmouth and at his second career at Computer Science Corporation would later be instrumental in the development of the Internet and today’s Cell phone.
An avid golfer, Horace enjoyed the fellowship of the regulars at Gibbs Hall as much as the game. Mr. Layton was active in the community serving on the Eatontown, NJ planning board and on various capacities at his second home of Duck NC. He and his beloved wife Lucy enjoyed spending time entertaining and working on their oceanfront palace aptly named “Something Special”. Often taking long walks and enjoying the dinner time ruckus with those closest to them. Horace was well known for setting a full table and creating excitement with the little ones waiting for his homemade ice cream.
Horace was born December 30, 1935 to Annie “Buba” Rodgers and Ben Layton in Franklin County, NC . He is survived by his former wife, Frances Layton; current wife, Lucy Layton; four children, Gary Layton, Dwight Layton and his wife Kelly, Ava Layton and Maria Mitchell; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his brother, Joseph Layton.
There will be a visitation on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1-4 PM at the Braun Funeral Home 106 Broad St. Eatontown, NJ and on Wednesday November 5, 2014 from 5-8 PM at the Bright Funeral Home 405 South Main St. Wake Forest, NC and a funeral service and burial will take place at 1 o’clock Thursday November 6, 2014 at the Harris Chapel Baptist Church and Cemetery in Youngsville, NC.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation at DVNF.ORG
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC. (919-556-5811)