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Edgar Smith Hornsby

Obituary for Edgar Smith Hornsby

January 30, 1927 - July 22, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 91


Edgar (Ed) Smith Hornsby, age 91, completed his life's journey on July 22, 2018 at his home in Austin, surrounded by loved ones. Having led a full and successful life, he enriched the lives of all he met and was always prepared with a good joke or two, most of which were even better the third and fourth time he told them that day. He was born January 30, 1927 in Clayrock, TX.

After graduating from Austin High School, he and three of his friends enlisted to serve in the Armed Forces in January 1945, returning home, after proudly serving his country in July 1946. He served on the USS Bennington and was honored to have sailed into Tokyo Bay as part of Admiral Bull Halsey's fleet for the signing of the Peace Treaty ending World War II. Returning home, he entered the University of Texas to study engineering, then secured employment as a mechanical engineer at the City of Austin Power Plant for the next six years. In 1957, Ed began his long and legendary career with Combustion Engineering, first moving to Houston, then Dallas and eventually to corporate in Windsor, Connecticut. Beginning as a maintenance parts salesman he worked his way to Executive Vice President over his 34- year career with CE. Ed was a beautiful balance of knowledge, wisdom and social skills.

He became a Master Mason, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Engineering & Scientific Society, and the Houston Club, during his time in Houston.

Ed retired in 1991 but continued sharing his wisdom and knowledge of the power industry as a consultant until 1996.

Ed met the love of his life, Cloteen Sparks, and they were married August 27, 1948 and have three children, Cristy, Paul and John. Ed and Clo were married 39 years until her untimely death in 1987. Ed then married Mattie Lancaster in Jan. 1989 and they enjoyed life together until her passing in March of 2016. Mattie has two children, Mike and Kathy Robinson.

Ed loved to dance (really, really good dancer), hunting (one of the best wing-shooters in South Texas), bird dog follower (not exactly a trainer, but a follower), golf (not one of the best in any area), bridge, water skier, boat repairman (more working on the boat than driving it), washer pitcher, fast-pitch softball player, semi-pro baseball player, the consummate host, lover of good wine and the people he enjoyed with it and truly was the best story and joke teller most of us have ever known. Most of this Dad told us to say, so take that for what it's worth.

In addition to Clo and Mattie, Ed was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Jesse, and sister, Norma Ruth. Ed Hornsby's legacy will be carried on through his daughter Cristy, sons Paul and John, and his wife Kim, step-son and daughter Mike & Kathy Robinson, grandchildren Chris & Veronica, Kimberly, Hank & Katy, Hannah & Raustin (aka Durwood) and great grandchildren Luke, Harper, Branson, Sunny & Ryker.

Yes, Ed passed on last Sunday morning but he passed on all of his life; "passing on" his life into the lives of those around him. Ed Hornsby will be missed but we rejoice that he is where he has longed to be for a while now and that we shall see him again.

Visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar. Graveside services will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Dr.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Meals on Wheels or the American Heart Association.

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