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Gerald Ray Horne (1936-2014)

Warner Robins, Georgia

Gerald Ray Horne’s inspiration came from the promise and determination of his students. A drama teacher at Northside High School in Warner Robins, Georgia for thirty-one years, Mr. Horne served as Georgia state Thespian director for twenty-five. His Thespians were frequently recognized for outstanding one-act and full-length productions; graduates of his program built successful stage, film, television, and teaching careers.

“His first love and true talent is working with people,” a colleague wrote. “He has provided the magic for developing many bashful, frightened young people into confident, assured citizens.”

Mr. Horne donated time and expertise to the Peace Corps, the Georgia Youth Commission, the Morning Optimist Club, and the Houston County Alcohol and Drug Council.

“Such great memories of Ray Horne’s drama class at Northside,” one of his former students wrote when he passed away in 2014. “He was a great teacher and he truly cared for his students. He was one of a kind and will be missed.”