Fred Gibson Horton, 86, husband of Ruth Reiger Horton, of Beaufort, SC, died Friday, November 17, 2023\n at his residence.\n\nThe family will receive friends on Monday, November 20, 2023 from 5-7pm at Anderson Funeral Home with masonic rites at 6:30pm.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 2:00pm in The Baptist Church of Beaufort with interment in the churchyard.\n\nMr. Horton was born on November 5, 1937 in Beaufort, SC. He is the son of the late Clarence Fred Horton and Ida Gibson Horton Lowe.\n\nFred worked at Public Market later known as Clover Farm store from 11 years of age until 1959 when he went to work for SCE&G. He started as a lineman's helper and retired 35 years later as Associate Manager of customer service. He was also a Master Electrician and did electrical work for over 40 years until he had a stroke in 2002. He took pride in his 14 custom built and equipped service trucks-some that are still being used by others. Besides his electrical contracting business he found time to restore a 1930 pickup and 1930 wrecker. In the 1990's, he built several remote control cars which were featured in a national magazine. His hobby then became diecast trucks that he started building to help recoup use of his hand after a stroke.\n\nFred was an active member of the Baptist Church of Beaufort where he served several terms as chairman of the deacons, Sunday school director, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school class secretary, finance committee, a trustee of the church, assistant treasurer and deacon emeritus. He had been on foreign mission trips to Haiti and Puerto Rico, both construction and witnessing projects. He also served as bus driver and helped with food on youth mission trips to Boston, New York, Maryland and Michigan.\n\nFred was a member of Harmony Lodge #22 for 56 years serving twice as master and 18 years as treasurer.\n\nSurviving in addition to his wife, Ruth; are three daughters, Brenda Viera and Linda Brooks of Columbia, SC and Glenda (Tab) Adkins of Bluffton, SC; eight grandchildren: Chris Viera, Amanda Viera, Eric (Kayla) Brooks, Sara (Jon) Kozar, Tabitha (Tim) Herrington, Teena (Glenn) Antignano, Jimmy (Madeleine) Adkins, Ricky (Chloe) Adkins and thirteen great-grandchildren: Anna, Emma, Olivia, Noah, Remmie, Clif, Wren, Ivory, Edmund, Harold, Otis, Mayla, and Ervin.\n\nPredeceased by a son in law, Richie Viera and a grandson, Ryan Brooks, a brother, Charles Horton and two half sisters, Mary "Mae" Smith and Norma Hempton.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort, P. O. Box 879, Beaufort, SC 29901 or Harmony Lodge #22AFM, P. O. Box 22, Beaufort, SC 29901 or charity of one's choice.