O.T. “James Elmer” Horton, 77, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. David Barnum officiating. Burial will follow in the May Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

O.T. was born in Brownwood, Texas, on Oct. 2, 1935, the son of the late James Elmer and Edith Gotcher Horton. He was raised in Brownwood and later served in the U.S. Air Force. He was self-employed most of his life, working in numerous businesses including the oil field, lawn care and pool maintenance. He attended the High Mesa Cowboy Church in Brownwood.

O.T.’s love in life involved his three boys. He loved teaching them how to fish, hunt, camp and most of all enjoy life to the fullest. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the life and love they brought to him. He enjoyed hauling the boys all over Texas racing their three-wheelers. He also loved woodworking and left many treasured projects behind in remembrance of his talents.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Horton of Brownwood; three sons, Joey Horton and wife Terie of Red Oak, Texas, Bryan Thompson and wife Loretta of Early, Texas, and Tony Matthews of Austin; two step-children, Billy Shelton and Celia Absher; 14 grandchildren, Kynzi Thompson, Sydni Thompson, Wytni Thompson, Tresta Donahoo, Jaryn Pruitt, Patricia Cole, Zachary Cole, Cynthia Cole, Joseph Horton, Christopher Shelton, J.T. Shelton, Eric Shelton, Colin Absher and Caleigh Absher; and three great-grandchildren, Christian Cole, Adysn Atchley and Brody Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Modene Horton and Joy Horton.

Friends are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.