Jeff Horn dies at 66

  • August 7, 2021

A veteran funeral home owner who worked in the area said his beloved grandfather was the last of the big horn players who died of the virus.

Horne Funeral Home in Lakeland, Florida, said Monday that Jeff Horn died Sunday.

“His death is a sad day for the family,” said Steve Smith, the facility’s general manager.

“He was a great guy, a great husband and father.”

Horn, 68, was born in St. Louis and worked in a funeral home in Stokesville, Tennessee.

He died Sunday in Lakeville, according to a statement from the Lakeland Police Department.

He was a father of four.

Smith said Horn “was a great leader and a great mentor.

He worked with many people, including a lot of other people in our industry who are dealing with the virus and his friends and family, to help keep people safe.”

“He was always happy to have a laugh and to give people a good time,” Smith said.

He was the founder of the Southern Funeral Homes of Tennessee and one of the last big horn performers.

He retired in 2001 after 36 years in the business, and was inducted into the Tennessee Funeral Directors Hall of Fame.

It’s the second death in two days of big horn musicians.

The death of Robert Blyth, also 66, on Thursday, followed an incident on Friday when his son, who was playing with his dad, suffered a serious infection.