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Johnny Dale Hornback, age 65, died on December 1, 2016, at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born November 18, 1951, in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma to parents, John and Eva (Dishman) Hornback and was the youngest of ten children.
Johnny was a Journey-Man Electrician by trade and for many years he owned and operated Signs Unlimited in Muskogee, OK.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ben Hornback, Clinton Hornback, and Pete Hornback; and sisters, Betty Brown, Darlene Jaynes, Birdie Daily, and Arnie Faye Skaggs.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 34 years, Cecelia Hornback; daughters, Shelia Farmer (Jerry) and Shania Puckett (Scott) all of Muskogee, and Jennie Miller (Jarrett) of Tulsa, OK; five grandsons, Austin Evans, Dillon Evans, Chandler Puckett, Miles Miller, and Cole Miller; granddaughter, Kennedi Puckett; sisters, Mitt Mannon and Mollie Dotson; mother-in-law, Mildred Bruce; brother-in-law, Jared Bruce and partner, Bruce Schultz; sister-in-law, Kathryn Bruce Thomas; special friend, Mona Edwards-Phillips; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Johnny will be held at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home, 2801 Chandler Road, Muskogee, OK, on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Serving as pallbearers are his sons-in-law and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be John Hollingshed, Bobby Cothran, Charlie Cothran, Charlie Spencer, Larry Smith, Larry Vaughn, and Brandon Bradshaw. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Johnny had a kind and gentle spirit and was genuinely loved by all that knew him. He lived life in the moment and was always full of fun and excitement. His children and grandchildren adored him and always called him "Gampy" -he thought they could "do no wrong". Family was everything to him and he wouldn't miss a Hilldale ballgame or any event that one of them was involved in. To say he was proud of them all is simply not enough- his support was unyielding and his love was forever unconditional.
Johnny loved "being home" where you might find him, while chewing on a Swisher Sweet Cigar, tinkering with his car, watching old westerns or Nascar Racing on television, or perhaps tending to his roses in the backyard (always cutting a fresh one and bringing it to Cecelia).
After family, his greatest pleasure were conversations with good friends, good food, and music from the "Oldies but Goodies" collection - Johnny loved to whistle along. Another great delight of his was fancy and fast cars. He had many over the years, but his most prized was a 1962 Red Corvette with "GAMPY62" on the license plate. He was a member of the "Night-Riders" Car Club whose members were some of his closest friends, and he greatly enjoyed driving in local parades and attending car shows all over Northeastern Oklahoma.
With Johnny, there was always laughter, good times, and a little mischief. He had contentment and joy in his life and brought so much of the same to those who knew and loved him. Today we are sad because we will miss him, but we are so happy to have had the pleasure of loving him, and hope that he has found some "Night-Riders" in Heaven.
Published on December 1, 2016
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