NORTH EAST FIRST ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DIES
Kelly Horn who held the position of athletic director for North East ISD from 1957 - 1968 passed away last week in Oklahoma at the age of 96. Many North East coaches in Mr. Horn's days will recall his frugal approach to the expenditure of North East tax dollars. A story among coaches in those days was that if you ask for eight dozen track spikes then Mr. Horn would count them out individually to you, so that had better be all that you need. His attention to detail was respected by all during his days in the athletic department for NEISD.
Kelly was born and raised in Vian, Oklahoma. He attended Connors State Agricultural College in Warner, Oklahoma. He received an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Alabama, where he became the South Eastern Conference high jump champion, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education.
In 1943, he joined the Merchant Marines and was aboard an oil tanker during the D-Day invasion, refueling Allied landing craft at Omaha Beach. After his tour, he returned to Oklahoma to start his coaching career in Stigler.
There he met Geraldyne Chitwood. They were married in 1947, and started to raise a family. After coaching jobs in Alabama and Mississippi, they settled in Texas, where he earned his Masters Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. After a coaching stint at Trinity, he became Athletic Director of North East Independant School District and later Coordinator of Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio, until his retirement in 1976. They returned to Oklahoma to live out the rest of their days.
Kelly is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jerre, 3 sons, Drew of Stigler, Ok., Steve of Uvalde, Tx., and Rusty of Splendora, Tx., 6 grandchildern, and 4 great-grandchildren.