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“Merry Christmas! We miss you and love you. ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Julie - daughter

“Anita, I have such wonderful memories of Al. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone. Everytime I see the Shriner carrying the...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Donna Benton - Winder, GA

“I first met Al about 10 years ago thru him looking after maintenance and repairs at his church he was always a pleasure to deal with even if you were...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Todd Harden - GA

“Where do we get men like him. I thank God for men and Masons of his caliber. C.E.Shawver, Grand Monarch Grottoes of North America ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Ed Pierre Shawver - Berlin Center, OH

“Doris and famiy our sincere condolences on your loss. Al was a very good man. Chuck Hall, PM Jeffersonville Lodge #133 ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Chuck Hall - Warner Robins, GA

“Laura - I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. I pray memories of your dad will help you and your family through this difficult time. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Kay Lord - Warner Robins, GA

“Our condolences to the family of an American Patriot and Brother Mason, His kindness and service will be well remembered Sincerely Blake and...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Blake Walston - Perry, GA

“Anita & family Al will live on through his pin & statue for his dedication to children through the Shrine. May he rest comfortably in the arms...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Osborne - Havelock

“Al had the heart of a Shriner and because of one caring act caught on film, he became iconic to Shriners worldwide. I met the man who shot the photo,...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Doug Sorrell - Miamisburg, OH

“Anita Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during these trying times.What good memories we have when you and Al came to Colorado...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Doug and Diane Cook - Gypsum, CO

“Al was a great Shriner and even though I never met him, he makes me proud to be a Shriner every time I walk into Hadi Shrine in Evansville, IN. God...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Charlie Howard, Hadi Shrine Oriental Band - IN

“I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Al at the unveiling of the Silent Messenger in Greenville. Many children will be healed as a result...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Cox - Marietta, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Its been quite a while since I have seen Mrs. Hortman. He would always keep us...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Amy Howe - Bonaire, GA - friend

“Anita, Please accept our condolences to you and the family. We thought highly of Al and will miss him driving by the house, sometimes stopping,...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Carol O'Neal - Fayetteville, GA

“Anita, Our prayers are with you and the family at this trying time. We will always remember being in the Shrine and Lotus Unit with Al. ...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: John D. Powell and Janie Trammell - GA

“Anita & Family, It is sad to hear of the passing of Al. I feel so honored to have crossed paths with this fine Noble in January at Al Menah Temple....Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Kenny & P-Nutt Loftis - TN

“Donna, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know your pain, but we also know the comfort that your dad being out of pain brings...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Katy and Pat Bailey - Roberta, GA

“Whenever I think of Mr. Hortman I think of his big smile and his sense of humor, and his kindness. I know you all miss him so much, but I also know...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Jeanette Drew - Byron, GA

“Donna and Family, We are thinking of you all at this sad time. We love you. Va & Billy ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Virginia and Billy Dorn - Macon, GA

“Donna and Tina, I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. May God hold you close. Susan ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Susan Ouzts - Macon, GA

“I first met Al and family in Evansville. He ran the Biffburger. He gave me my first job. My last name being French, he nicknamed me "Frenchie". Al...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Frenchie - Coeur d'Alene, ID

“A true icon in the Shrine, Al will be missed by many. On behalf of Dalton Shrine Club our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Bruce Ridley ...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Bruce Ridley - Chatsworth, GA

“Antia Al and I feel badly with Al's passing. Our prayers are with you.We have fun memoreies working the Barbecues at Houston County Shrine club. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Al & Cindy Jones - Warner robins, GA

“Anita, Tina, Donna and family, Sharon and I are deeply sad about Al's passing. We were deeply grateful for your friendship, Al's humor, and all of...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Rev. Jack G. Atkinson - ADEL, GA


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Albert Lanier Hortman, born February 14, 1929, in Crawford County, Georgia, died at home December 6, 2009, after an extended illness. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert E. Hortman and Lucile Delia Becham. He is survived by his wife, Doris Anita Bridges Hortman; daughters, Julie M. Shofstall (Steve), Chandler, Indiana, Laura L. Little (Chuck), Cochran, Georgia, Tina M. Perkins, Warner Robins, and Donna L. Cline (Dana), Lizella, Georgia; grandchildren, Heather Carter, Warner Robins, Jessica, John and Justin Shofstall, Indiana, Katelyn Cline, Lizella; brother, Mack Hortman, Macon, Georgia; and sisters, Gwendolyn King and Jeanette Ricks, Phoenix City, Alabama. Al will be best remembered by many as the Shriner who carried a small child and her crutches becoming the symbol of what the Shrine stands for. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, where he received a Purple Heart. He retired from civil service at Robins Air Force Base, had his own pool business and worked at McCullough Funeral Home. He was a member of Al Sihah Temple, Jeffersonville Blue Lodge, and an honorary lifetime member of Hadi Temple in Evansville, Indiana. His church home was Northside Baptist Church in Warner Robins. Throughout his life, he believed in serving others. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 8, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home, Reverends Loy Ballard and Tom Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

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