U.S. Army Specialist Clayton James Horne

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U.S. Army Specialist Clayton James Horne, age 23, of Atlanta, Louisiana, passed away doing what he loved, serving his country, on Saturday, August 17, 2019. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia with the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Clayton, born July 31, 1996, to Clay and Susan Horne, was soon promoted to big brother after welcoming his little sister, Caitlyn Elizabeth (Caity) Horne into the world. Clayton and Caity shared a special bond, not only as siblings but also as best friends; a bond that took them on many adventures.

Clayton grew up as an Atlanta Bulldog, graduating from Atlanta High School in 2014. He was an honor student Mr. AHS and

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was active in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, 4-H, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Atlanta Bulldogs basketball and track teams for five years. Clayton was chosen by his teammates as captain of the basketball team, serving as a role model for his fellow teammates.

Clayton had a deep love for his family, friends, community, country, and especially for his Atlanta High School family. Clayton served as a leader, mentor, and inspiration to others. Following high school Clayton attended LA Tech University, where he was active in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), participating in mission work and discipleship of other students. Clayton also served as an Assistant Coach for the Atlanta Boys’ Basketball team during the 2016-17 State Championship season.

Upon hearing of Clayton’s passing, countless friends have come forward to share testimonies of how he brought them to salvation in Christ and strengthened their walk with the Lord. His legacy lives on in the many lives he impacted in his short time here. While attending LA Tech and upon graduating from the Alexandria Regional Police Academy, Clayton also began working for Sheriff Cranford Jordan as a deputy with the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office.

In January 2019, Clayton was deployed to Saudi Arabia where he demonstrated superior performance and received several accolades while serving his country. Clayton received the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Merit Device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the Overseas Service Bar. He received recognition multiple times at the Division Level, where he was commended by his Division Leaders. He qualified as an Expert Marksman on his military rifle. Clayton was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition for outstanding service and dedication to his country.

Preceding him in death were Clayton’s grandparents, James Marvin and LaFaye Adams Horne, Phyllis Janet Davis McLaren, and uncle, James Paul Giordano. Clayton is survived by his parents, Marvin Clay and Susan McLaren Horne, sister, Caitlyn Elizabeth (Caity) Horne, grandfather and Vietnam Veteran Frank McLaren; aunts - Fran Dick, husband Tony, Sally McLaren-Pitts, husband Richard; uncles - Bradley McLaren, wife Kelly; Robby Horne, wife Tavi; and Paul Horne, wife Sherri. Cousins: Karie Dick Stevens, husband Josh, and children Jeremiah, Everly, and Elise; Kegan Dick, wife Amber, and children Ellie Kay and Micah; Aidan Dick and daughter Aubree; Laura Horne Seaman, husband Bradley, and children Lukas and Leilan; Leah Horne Price, husband Joe, and children Nathan, Kendall, and Abigail; Lynsey Horne Smith, husband Brent, and son Morgan; Kelsey Horne Willett, husband Ryan; Dani Horne Hilton, husband Josh, and children Taylor, Austin, and Matthew; Triston McLaren, Ian McLaren-Childress, and Ava Olmos; Hallie McLaren, Maybree and Maysen McLaren.

Clayton is also survived by his fiancée, Julianne Cole Brown, as well as a host of other family members and countless friends. Clayton was a dedicated Christian and a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church. While his passing is tragic and heartbreaking, family and friends will find comfort in the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

Funeral services were held at 11:00 am on Sunday, September 1, 2019 in the Atlanta High School Gymnasium with Rev, Tony Dick and Rev. Bruce Weatherford officiating. Full military graveside honors followed at Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Atlanta, LA, under the direction of Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield.

The family received visitors at Atlanta High School Gymnasium on Saturday, August 31st from 4:00-7:00 pm and again on Sunday from 9:00 am until time of services.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.southernfuneralhome.com.

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