Honey Grove teacher dies in car accident

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

HONEY GROVE, Tex. -- The town of Honey Grove, Texas, is dealing with the tragic loss of a teacher. Melinda Horner, 54, died when her car hit a horse on the highway.

People in and around Honey Grove are coming together much like a family trying to come to terms with their loss.

For the Honey Grove Warriors, today was a different kind of battle. It was a battle of emotions, heartache and tragedy.

"She impacted so many young people. She loved it. I don't know of anyone who didn't love here. We’re gonna miss her terribly," Melinda’s brother-in-law, Pete Simmons, said.

Melinda Horner, a mother, grandmother, wife, and teacher was killed when the car she and her husband were traveling in collided with a horse on U.S. Highway 82.

“They did not see it. A horse ran in the road," Honey Grove ISD superintendent Jan Cummins said.

Melinda’s husband, David Horner survived the accident.

“We love her, miss her terribly, it hasn't set in. I don't know how this family is going to cope without her sweetness and contribution,” Simmons also said.

Honey Grove students sat on her doorstep and waited on the lawn all to pay their respects.

“Melinda was a teacher, many children's second mother, above all, she fulfilled her duty as a teacher,” friend and Honey Grove High School counselor Chris Weaver said.

Now a small town is now left to deal with a sudden, tragic loss.

Funeral services are set for Friday morning.

Classes in Honey Grove were dismissed Wednesday but are scheduled to be back in session Thursday with counselors on hand.

“Due to the tragic loss of one of our faculty family, all classes will be dismissed today. Counselors will be available at the Middle School and High School buildings for anyone who may need to talk. The students, faculty and staff of Honey Grove I.S.D. extend our sincerest condolences to the Horner family. You're in our hearts and our prayers are with you.”

-From Honey Grove ISD’s website, www.honeygroveisd.net


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  • by jamie Location: honey grove tx on Apr 28, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    even thoe shes been gone for like a year..i still miss her and wished she was still here.the nite she died the last word she said ws by ill c u 2marrow..sadly tomarrow never came..r.i.p mrs.horner ill always love you. ~jamie wilson~
  • by Ami Narramore Location: Tom Bean, Tx. on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    I've already left a few entries in here for Mrs. Horner, my reasoning for this one is for everyone that ever revisites this site of her I wanted you all to know that I created a memorial website for her. After viewing the site, you click on Guestbook then leave an entry. Its been a ittle over a year now, and I think about her every single day of my life since the day she was taken from us! I loved and respected this woman so much as a teacher, best friend, mother figure, mother and grandmother so much. I felt the least I could do is make a memorial site in her beautiful and definatly unforgetable life and her memory. Thank you
  • by Michael Location: Dallas, TX on Oct 5, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    I knew Mrs. Horner in Tom Bean during my childhood. She taught me the history of Texas, and the literature of my sophmore, junior, and senior years of High School. She was undoubtedly the most personable teacher that I have ever had. She was awesome!
  • by ami narramore Location: tom bean on Aug 22, 2008 at 01:00 AM
    I MISS U SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!YOU WERENT ONE IN A MILLION, YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND. I LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU TRIED TO DO FOR ME FOR SOOOO LONG. I HOPE ONE DAY I CAN MAKE YOU SMILE DOWN FROM HEAVEN AT ME. NOT ONE DAY HAS WENT BY THAT I HAVENT THOUGHT ABOUT YOU AND HOW SO VERY SPECIAL YOU REALLY WERE. I CANT STAND THE THOUGHT THAT YOUR REALLY GONE. YOU WERE DEFINATLY A SECOND MOTHER TO ME AND A BEST FRIEND. THERE WILL BE A HOLE IN MY HEART FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE THAT WILL NEVER FILL BACK IN. I LOVE AND MISS U SO MUCH!
  • by ami narramore Location: tom bean on Jul 14, 2008 at 08:57 AM
    ive loved the horners for years and years and never would i have imagined such a horrific thing to happen to such a perfect person. i talked to her a few days before this happend.... im so glad for that. mrs. horner i love you more than you will ever know and i cant believe your gone. all i have now are the pictures and memories to remind me of your beautiful smile and caring face. your memory will live forever in my heart! love and miss you soooooo much!
  • by alex Location: oregon on Jun 25, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    Im so very sorry for Grace,China,Chance,& Davids loss.I just read the news today and have a lot to say that probably can never be said.To the family I would like to say GOD be with you all
  • by Vickie Location: Feltner on Jun 14, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    We just learned of this tragic accident yesterday, June 13, 2008. I am so very sorry to learn that Melinda was taken from her family at such a young age. What a wonderful wife, Mother, teacher and friend she was. She has left behind a truly unsurpassed legacy. Those that were privileged to know her will never forget her, and what a wonderful person she was. To the Horner family: I am so very sorry about this. And I am terribly sorry that I was not there at your time of loss. My whole family is remembering her, and what a wonderful person whe was to each of them. We all have special memories of Melinda. She will live on in our hearts forever. Sincerely, and with our love, Carl, Vickie, Mark, Shaun and Matthew
  • by elizabeth on May 30, 2008 at 10:53 PM
    she is the most phenomenal person i know...she is a friend to many people including me...we all love her and we will miss her dearly!she is the best....
  • by jamie Location: honey grove texas on May 26, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    lookin up at her smile it makes me think of her!!!that smile was like never off her face.i miss her and love her!! her student and friend. ~jamie wilson~
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    i miss her so much she was my favorite teacher ever i wish she was still here today to party with us till summer ={
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