Thursday, August 25, 2022

Rodney “Tige” Charles Horton, 86

Wellsville, NY – Rodney “Tige” Charles Horton, 86, of Highland Nursing Home (formerly of Whitesville) passed on Friday, August 19, 2022, just days shy of his 87th birthday. He was born on August 26, 1935 in Whitesville, the son of the late Aden and Lillian (Baker) Horton. In Wellsville on July 16, 1966 he married the love of his life, Donna Jean Canfield, who predeceased him on Sunday, May 8, 2020.

Tige worked several jobs in many industries before he found his career at Air Preheater; from where he retired after 34 years. He was an avid outdoorsman with a great sense of humor; he loved hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was also a passionate painter who primarily focused on oil painting. He cherished his beloved dog “Penny”, who stayed by his side to the end. He was a lifetime member of both the Whitesville Fire Department, and the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

He is survived by: two daughters, Kelly (Joseph) Griffith and Patti Ball; two grandsons, Lance M. and Eric C. Conley; a great-grandson, Jason M. Conley; a step-great-granddaughter, Sofia Pribulsky; a brother, Roger Horton; sisters-in-law, June (Melvin) Brandes, and Connie (Clair) Armison; brother-in-law, Howard Armison; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, and loving wife of 53 years, he was predeceased by: Son-in-law, Daniel Ball; sisters-in-law, Joanne Daily Horton, Betty Canfield Armison, Janice Gilette Armison, and Joyce Canfield; nephew, Mark Horton; and niece Kimberly Armison.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville, 34 West State Street. His funeral will follow on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 11 am in the Funeral Home with Reverend Timothy Armstrong presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Independence Emergency Ambulance Service (508 Main Street, Whitesville, NY 14897), the Christian Missionary Alliance Church (PO Box 217, Whitesville, NY 14897) or to the Alzheimer's Association (225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601). To leave online condolences please visit


  1. Tige was a good friend and a fellow worker' and will be sorely missed. Joe Metcalf

    1. Joe, dad loved you. He was appreciative of your friendship.

  2. Dear Kelly and Patti,
    I am very sorry about your loss of your Dad. I never knew him very well but my parents did and I did know your grandfather Horton.. I hope he can rest in eternal peace with your mom.

  3. Patti and Kelly,
    I am very sorry about your Dad’s passing. I know how difficult that is for a daughter. Wishing him eternal peace with your Mom. Marlee Cannon

  4. It was over 30 years we lost contact, but we found each other and I was so glad when we got together. again. He was my best friend, I loved him too !

  5. My thoughts and condolences go out to you girls, Kelly and Patti. You were raised by two wonderful people and you will have precious memories of them. Your Dad is one of the “good guys.”
    Kim Howe

  6. Kelly & Family
    So very sorry to hear about your Dad. You are in my thoughts. I always enjoyed seeing him every Thursday at the bank in Whitesville.