Mrs. Tabby Horn had a dream for her children. She was determined to give her four children the opportunity she never had – a college education.
Horn, a resident of Luverne at the time her children were in school, commuted to TROY almost everyday to accommodate her children’s schedules. “I tried to provide what they needed when they needed it,” said Horn.
Sue Horn Spencer, Horn’s youngest daughter, said that even after their father died in 1969, her mother worked to keep the family together. “We knew everything was going to be o.k. She was so positive,” said Sue, who attended TROY in the early 1970s. Mrs. Horn said that each child had their own source of income and each family member helped out when possible.
Horace Horn, the oldest son who now works at Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative in Andalusia, entered TROY in the mid-1960s. “I worked with Mr. Herbert Haisten’s accounting firm during one tax season and worked during the pecan-shelling season with Whaley Pecan Co.,” said Horace. “Mr. Ed Whaley became a very good friend and was very helpful in allowing me to work and attend classes.” Horace said that he also received a federal student loan from Luverne Bank and Trust Co.
Sue says that her part-time job consisted of working four years in the placement office.
Sheila, the oldest daughter, and Bill, the youngest of the children, also had jobs to help relieve some of the financial stress.
Horace received alumnus of the year in the mid-1990s. “That was a great honor for him to receive that award,” said Sue. “TROY has always been near and dear to our mother’s heart.”
Thinking back to their mother’s hard work and endurance, Horace and Sue both felt that she was the glue that held the family together. “In my opinion, my mother is reasonable and deserves credit for anything good that my brother, sisters and I have been able to accomplish,” said Horace. “I give her all the credit for the good things, and I take responsibility for all the not so good things.”
Sue remembers her mother always being there for the children. “Financially, emotionally and spiritually she was pushing me,” said Sue. “She was my mother, my best friend and my father all in one.”
Today, Mrs. Tabby Horn lives in Troy, and recently celebrated her 90th birthday. “I feel very blessed to have enjoyed my mother for so many years,” said Horace. “She is 90 years old and will not hear of not preparing lunch at her house on holidays.”
Godwin, a senior print journalism and public relations major from Loxley, is the foundation scholar in the Office of University Relations.