AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mary Alice Cooper Horne of Augusta, GA, born April 20, 1929, entered into the eternal presence of Christ on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at the Medical College of Georgia. She leaves cherished memories to her loving and devoted family; sons, Eugene Lewis Horne, Jr. (Mary Ann) of Savannah and Stanford Smith Horne (Patricia) of Augusta; daughter Marianne Clary Horne McTier (Tom) of Augusta; five grandchildren, Sgt. Stanford S. Horne, Jr. (Amy) of Savannah (currently serving in Iraq), Melissa M. Garcia (Jason) of Augusta, Lanier E. Budgin (Sean) of Augusta, Jerry T. McTier of New London, CT and Jessica A. McTier of Augusta; three great grandchildren and a host of other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Marion Burnside and Eleanor Marion Cooper, loving husband, Lt. Col. Eugene Lewis Horne, Sr. of Augusta and son, James Cooper Horne of Augusta. Mary Alice was a dedicated army wife and mother who followed her husband all over the world. Upon returning to Augusta she completed her education in teaching and spent more than 28 years in the Richmond County school system. She especially enjoyed her many years teaching and encouraging gifted students. She retired from the teaching profession in 1994, but remained forever a teacher at heart. She was a very involved member of the honorary educational society, Delta Kappa Gamma International (Rho Chapter). She was also a faithful supporter of the University of Georgia. Mary Alice was a very committed Christian, who loved God and served Him faithfully all her years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta where she gave generously of her time, talents and gifts. She especially enjoyed being a part of her Sunday School class, teaching English as a second language and helping others less fortunate through the church's benevolence ministry and through missions, traveling to Kenya and South America. She was also a dedicated volunteer at the gift shop at St. Joseph Hospital. She traveled extensively throughout much of the world, continuing her love of learning and teaching. Her deep faith was exceptionally demonstrated in her love of and commitment to her family. She will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her kind, generous and accepting spirit. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Augusta, Dr. Jacob Malone officiating. Pallbearers will be members of the benevolence ministry of First Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Golden Circle Sunday School class. Graveside services will follow at Westover Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Friday, December 7th at Platt's Funeral Home. For those desiring, donations may be made to the benevolence ministry at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909; the A. Dorothy Hines Scholarship Fund through Delta Kappa Gamma (Rho Society), 826 Riverfront Dr., Augusta, GA 30901 or the CSRA Gyn Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 3485, Augusta, GA 30914. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904, 706-733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle-December 7, 2007