Horace Earl Stidham of Atlanta, TX was delivered from the ravages of this life on May 1, 2019. He was with family and friends in his home at the time of his passing.
Horace was born in Boxelder TX on Nov. 22, 1934, the fourth (and youngest) of four sons born to Robert Windsor and Mackie May (Ford) Stidham. Horace characterized his early life as “poor but honorable poor,” learning what would be a lifelong habit of working very hard and always trying to do the right thing. He was voted most friendly by his peers in high school and maintained that affable quality so that he never met a stranger.
Horace worked for 37 years at Farmers Electric Co-op in Greenville TX and was an excellent provider for his family. At his retirement in 1999 he lived in Sulphur Springs, TX, moved to Clifton TX in 2004 and then moved to Atlanta in 2005. Everywhere he called home there were countless others who knew him as a friendly voice, trustworthy neighbor and a truly good friend. Among those, he was especially close to Randy “Bob” Smith who was really more like a son than a friend.
Horace’s life, especially in the latter years, was characterized by service to others. He had great compassion for those in need and volunteered for Grace of Giving in Clifton and the FBC Atlanta food pantry. He helped his neighbors, offered his labor, shared his faith, loved everyone and voted for Trump.
However, and he would tell you this also, the best, most important and eternally significant thing in his life was his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Horace is survived by one sister-in-law Rose Smith Stidham of Parker AZ, two daughters Debbie Rash and husband Jimmy Dale of Atlanta, Melanie Blanton and husband Keith of Clifton, six grandchildren Sarah Blanton of Philadelphia PA, Krystal McClure of Atlanta, Rebekah Bergren and husband Ryne of Athens TX, Jamie Johnson and husband Dustin of Waldo AR, Hannah Gist and husband Ty of Robinson TX, Leah Blanton of Vancouver WA, seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and numerous others whom he made feel like family.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Brumfield Stidham and three brothers Robert Windsor Stidham Jr. and wife Juanita, Joe Willis Stidham and wife Mada, and Gerald Dean Stidham.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. May 6th in the chapel at Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta with Chaplain Ken Guthrie and Pastor Keith Blanton presiding. Committal Services will follow at Smyrna cemetery. Pallbearers are Ryne Bergren, Curt Wayne Drake, Eddie Drake, Ty Gist, Joe McCord and Roger Stidham.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 5th at Hanner Funeral Home.
Mr. Stidham’s family would like to express their appreciation to the personnel and support staff of Heritage Home Health & Hospice, Metrae Hodge, Tracey Walker, Mary Lloyd and Amanda Haynes. All of you provided excellent care for Horace, tending to his needs both physical and spiritual, preserving his dignity, and giving us peace of mind in a very difficult situation.