Funeral Service Held for Roy Horton

Funeral services were held Saturday (Sept. 27) in Broad Top City, Pa., for Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy T. Horton, 88, who died Sept. 23 following a lengthy illness. Born in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, Horton began working as a song plugger for Southern Music Publishing Company in 1947 and eventually headed the country division of Peer-Southern publishing. In his job, he spent 49 years promoting songs written by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Lefty Frizzell, Floyd Tillman and others. A founding member of the Country Music Association, Horton served as the organization’s board chairman in 1967 when he cut the ribbon on the original Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. A past president of the Country Music Foundation, which operates the Hall of Fame and Museum, Horton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. 09/29/03