Leslie T. "Les" Horn Obituary

October 12, 2002 Daily Corinthian Newspaper
Les Horn
Funeral services for Leslie T. "Les" Horn, 94, of Corinth are set for 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Malcom George officiating.  Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Mr. Horn died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Dogwood Plantation. He was a member of Foote Street Church of Christ.  Mr. Horn attended Corinth High School for three years and was a graduate of Alcorn Agriculture High School and Military School.  He graduated from Mississippi College in 1933.  He lettered in basketball, baseball and football in high school and college and later played professional baseball.  He served two years as city clerk and worked for TVA.  He was elected mayor of Corinth in 1946 and served three terms.  As mayor he led the drive to purchase a private water system and helped establish the city gas system.  He also played a vital role in the establishment of the first city park.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Shelton Horn.
Survivors include two nieces, Margaret Ann Horn and Gayle Gurley and her husband, Jerry; four nephews, Ralph Horn, Larry Horn, Bobby Burress and Jimmy Burress. Pallbearers are Marvin Brose, Larry Darwin, Wayne Henry, John Dodd, Edward Voyles, Tom Sneed, Gilbert Dellinger and Howard Little.
Today Corinth mourns the loss of Leslie T. "Les" Horn, the former mayor who played a key role in securing land for the park and who is being remembered as a kind and humble man.
A three-term mayor who was first elected in 1946, Horn died Thursday at Dogwood Plantation where he had lived for a short time. He was 94.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be at Henry Cemetery.
"He had the people at heart all the time, " said Corinth resident Thelma Tucker, who spearheaded an effort to get the Crossroads Regional Park's walking and exercise trail named in honor of Horn-a change that was officially make in April 2001.
"He worked tirelessly for the people here, and that's evident by the fact that he left so much after he was mayor," said Tucker.  "We are still reaping the benefit of his work."
Horn, a Corinth city clerk in 1939-40 and a former TVA employee, continued to have a keen interest in the city's welfare throughout his life, she said.
Corinth Mayor Jerry Latch said Horn will be missed.
"He was a great leader of our community for many years, and he helped lots of people in our city in both the public and private sectors," said Latch.  "His contributions will be remembered for many years."
The land purchase for the park was completed in 1958.  The property had been considered as a possible site for a clothing manufacturer.  Horn was unseated as mayor shortly before the deal was sealed, but he is credited with completing much of the leg work.
In a 2001 interview with the Daily Corinthian, Horn recalled his days at City Hall.
"We did a lot of work without a lot of money," he said.  "We just scrounged around.  I had a big time."
Horn is also credited with working to improve city utilities.
Although Horn was not eager to take credit, Assistant Park Director J.C. Hill said the park is pleased to be able to preserve the memory of Horn's contribution to the facility.
"Without his efforts, it very well may not have become a reality," said Hill. "It was a joy to meet him and to get that accurate account of history that he shared with us."
Horn, a member of Foote Street Church of Christ, attended Corinth High School and graduated from Alcorn Agricultural High School in Kossuth in 1929.  An accomplished athlete, he lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Mississippi State College and played professional baseball from 1934 until 1938.  He was a World War II veteran who later served in Korea.
Horn retired in 1970.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Shelton Horn.
During his lifetime, Horn managed to spend time in every state in the country except for three.
"But I've yet to see a place I like more than Alcorn County," he told the newspaper last year.
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