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Ira Boyce Horton, Jr., M.D.

Ira Boyce Horton, Jr., M.D.
  • November 22, 1927 - January 29, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to:
  • Samaritan's Purse
    P.O. Box 3000
    Boone, NC 28607-3000

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“Dear Tom and Millie, Your father was a wonderful and kind man. He and your Mom were truly welcoming to Ann and me when we first arrived in Charleston...Read More »
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“You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. ”
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“So sorry for your loss. DR Horton was my fam Dr in Oburg,SC until I was 15. I just loved him. He was so funny and kind. Hate I didn't get to see him...Read More »
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Chief Pharmacists Mate “Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by words in our Marines' Hymn that tells us, the streets of...Read More »
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“So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our prayers. ”
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“From Julie Walker, friend from Sweetgrass CourtI knew Dr. Ira through the several years my parents were his next door neighbor, and my lunch partner...Read More »
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“Dr. Horton was my childhood physician in Orangeburg. I adored him! As a physician for the residents of The Methodist Home, he worked closely with my...Read More »
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Ira Boyce Horton, Jr., M.D., 92, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, widower of Mary Anne Jones Horton entered into eternal rest Wednesday, January 29, 2020. His memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 in The Church of the Holy Cross, 352 N. Shelmore Blvd at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Interment will be Sunday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Orangeburg, SC at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Ira was born in 1927 in Bethune, South Carolina, son of the late Ira Boyd Horton and Ethel Lois Baker Horton. He served as a hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy detached to the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945. Ira served as a Chief Petty Officer Pharmacy Mate at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He married his high school sweetheart in 1947. In 1951 Ira entered pharmacy school at the Medical College of South Carolina, including active duty in the Navy during the Korean conflict while attending school. He graduated pharmacy school with Rho Chi honors and then immediately began study toward his Doctor of Medicine. Ira graduated from MUSC with membership in Alpha Omega Alpha (A.O.A.). He practiced family medicine in Orangeburg, SC from 1959-1976. Ira served a term as Chief of Staff at Orangeburg Regional Hospital. He was President of South Carolina Academy of Family Practice 1971-1972.

Ira was commissioned as a Captain in the Navy by Congressional appointment in 1976 and was instrumental in the foundation of Navy Family Practice. He served as Chief of Family Practice at the Charleston Naval Hospital from 1976-1981. He served as President of the Armed Forces Academy of Family Practice. From Charleston, Ira moved to other Naval facilities across the United States ending his Naval career as Chief of Medicine for the Naval Sealift Command in Bayonne, NJ in 1989. He served the state of South Carolina as Medical Director of the Department of Health and Human Services until retirement in 2000.

Ira was a lifelong Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a lifelong member of the Navy League, the American Academy of Medicine, the South Carolina Academy of Family Practice and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Ira is survived by his son, Thomas B. Horton (Millie) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; daughter, Mary Anne Horton Hollingsworth (Eben) of Lexington, KY; two granddaughters: Eleanor R. Hollingsworth of Denver, CO and Caroline B. Hollingsworth (William C. Nigut III) of Atlanta, GA; and sister, Margaret H. Gainey of Bethune, SC.

Ira lived his life as a devoted husband, father and grandfather and lifelong follower of Jesus Christ.

Memorials may be made to the Star Gospel Mission, 474 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403 or Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.