Walter Eugene Horne

September 2, 1947 - February 21, 2018
Walter Eugene Horne

Walter “Gene” Eugene Horne age 70 of Wilmington passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

Gene was born in Union, SC on September 2, 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred Horne and Herbert Horne and a brother Wayne Horne.

He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Horne; sister Faye Watson; two sons Bobby Horne and wife Dawn Horne, Tommy Horne and wife Tonia Horne; and a daughter Susie Horne. Stepchildren Sheila Milliken, Keith Kennedy, and Steve Kennedy; four grandchilren Amber Burkhart, Cody Milliken, Alex and Zach Horne; three great grandchildren Lizzie Milliken, McKinna Milliken, and Landon Burkhart.

Gene enlisted in the US Coast Guard in 1965 and retired in 1986 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer and was later retired from Evergreens Nursing Center in Greensboro. Gene was a member of the Chief Petty Officers Association, Wilmington Lodge # 319 A.F.& A.M, Sudan Shrine Center in New Bern, NC and the Wilmington Shrine Club. He enjoyed fishing, building anything, boating, any music, good ole hamburgers and hotdogs.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held 2 pm Saturday February 24, 2018 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel officiated by Dr. Kenneth Beverly. The family will see friends an hour prior to the service.

As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations:

Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation at

Shriners Hospitals for Children at

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

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  • February 22, 2018
    Melinda Horne says:
    I will not look at another pot of shrimp a roo the same ever again. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  • February 22, 2018
    Renee Insco says:
    Thinking of you, my friend...., you will be missed and sending prayers for strength Barbara❤

  • February 23, 2018
    Wayne Baker says:
    May the Great Architect of The Universe look after all those you touched while you were among us and we know you're with him now . You will be greatly missed my friend .

  • February 24, 2018
    Carol says:
    He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Gene - sleep well.

  • February 25, 2018
    Patricia Carter says:
    Fair Winds and Following Seas to B'sun Gene. Gene and Carol with friends with Yeoman Norm at Governors Island NY in the 1970s. My late husband Norm and Gene both worked at the Captain of the Port in NYC. RIP and condolences to all Gene's family and friends.