Carolyn Askew Horn, teacher, matriarch, adored mother and grandmother, community participant and leader died following a rich and full life of 96 years on March 13, 2014, in Chapel Hill. To celebrate her life, a memorial service will be held at the University United Methodist Church on Friday, April 4, at 2 p.m.
Born to Benjamin and Bessie Askew in 1917, she was one of five children in Arlington, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia State Woman’s College at Valdosta and began her career teaching school in Atlanta, GA. She served her country as a Navy WAVE during World War II, meeting and marrying Navy pilot Commander Revella William Horn of Seattle, WA.
Following her husband’s death, in 1957 she moved her four children to Chapel Hill, earning a Master’s Degree in Education from UNC, and reestablished her teaching career at the math department of Chapel Hill High School. She retired in 1983, subsequently serving eight years on the Chapel Hill School Board. Throughout her career, she was an active member of University United Methodist Church, a member of Church Women United, a volunteer for the Interfaith Council and an ardent Democrat.
Preceded in death by her husband and son Dr. William Baker Horn, she is survived by her brother, Dr. William Arnold Askew, and her children, Jim and wife Denise Horn of Durham; Spencer Horn and wife Laurel LaBrash of Seattle WA; Jan and husband Jerry Adams of Winston-Salem; and daughter-in-law Mary Horn of Boone. She is also survived by ten cherished grandchildren: Alice and husband Chip Rudolph, Matthew Adams, Julia Horn, Joseph Horn and wife Elizabeth Willaman, Daniel and wife Stephanie Adams, Greg Horn, Jenny and husband Joe Duquette, Rebecca Adams, Pete Horn, Ben Horn and wife Kim Fulmer, and much anticipated great grandchild, Eleanor Ruthie Adams.
Carolyn was always at the center of this large clan. In her long life, she endeavored to personify what is most important and meaningful, and to show by example what we all hope for. “The purpose of life is…to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Interfaith Council for Social Services of Chapel Hill.