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Rev. Edwin J. Horney, of Smyrna, died on Saturday March 27, 2004 at Calvert Manor Healthcare, Rising Sun, Md. He was 77.
He was born in Grasonville, Md. on June 20, 1926, the son of the late Aldridge and Evelyn Buckel Horney.
He graduated from Stevensville (Md.) High School in 1944, and then entered Washington College, Chestertown, Md. Upon his graduation in 1948, he entered Westminster (Md.) Theological Seminary and earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology Degree in 1951.
Rev. Horney was ordained in 1951, and later earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. in 1971.
His appointments included serving at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Newark; Unity-Washington United Methodist Church, Hurlock, Md.; Christ United Methodist Church, Chestertown, Md.; and Asbury United Methodist Church, Smyrna.
After his appointment at Asbury UMC in Smyrna, he became the first full-time Chaplain to serve the residents of the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. He felt called by his community and his church to specialize in the loving care of the indigent and the aged. He served in this capacity for twenty-five years, retiring in 1991.
In 1979, the Horney family began in-depth studies pertaining to the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and he was faced with the decision to return to the basic beliefs of his childhood. After much study, prayer, and deliberation, the Horney family were baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, June 16, 1979.
In 1981, he was ordained as a Seventh-day Adventist Minister by the Chesapeake Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. Rev. Horney briefly served at the Rehoboth and Harrington Seventh-day Adventist Churches, as well as at the Middletown Seventh-day Adventist Church. He later served as pastor of the Forest Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dover from 1982-1993.
In addition to his ministry, Rev. Horney also taught courses in Adulthood and Aging at the Del. Tech Terry Campus, Dover, and also instructed in the school of nursing in the area of work with the dying patient and his family.
Rev. Horney was formerly a Chaplain of the Smyrna Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. In 1973, he was selected as the first recipient of the Air Force's National Chaplain of the Year Award. He also served for many years as the Chaplain for Citizens Hose Co., Smyrna, In addition, he formerly served as a Smyrna Town Council member.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Alvin Horney.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Miriam H. Horney; two sons, Edwin Horney Jr., of Kettering, Ohio; and David Horney, of Havre de Grace, Md.; a brother, Grason Horney, of Easton, Md.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday March 31 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call Tuesday evening from 7-9:00 PM.
Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Del. Hospital for the Chronically Ill, 100 Sunnyside Rd., Smyrna, De. 19977. Please indicate "Donation Account" on the check memo.
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Arrangements were by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, Smyrna.
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