Warren D. Langhorne

11/08/2011 5:28 PM |

Warren D. Langhorne of Riverhead died Oct. 17 at the age of 87.

He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Cumberland, Va., to Lelig Atkins and George Langhorne. He served in World War II from 1942 to 1944 and moved in 1954 to Riverhead, where he married his wife, Pattie, also from Cumberland County.

Mr. Langhorne worked as a laborer at H. & R. Talmage and Son in Riverhead for over 40 years. Family members said he never missed a day of work, even when he was sick, and would tell them, “If you go to work when you are sick you’d feel better.” They said he was tough as nails and that one of his favorite phrases was “I’m holding on and holding out.”

After his retirement in 2005, they said, he spent most of his time fixing things in his shed or in the backyard.

Mr. Langhorne was a member of First Baptist Church of Riverhead and the Most Worshipful Enoch Grand Lodge No. 60 of Coram.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Shirley Jackson, Warren Jr., Thomas, Charles and Rose, all of Riverhead, and Jesse, of San Antonio, Texas; his brother, Arthur, of Riverhead; his sister, Alma Brown of Cumberland, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A home going service was held Oct. 21 at First Baptist Church of Riverhead, Pastor Charles Coverdale officiating. Arrangements were handled by Seay Memorial Chapel in Riverhead. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.