A. Romeo Horton
Horton family announces the triumphant home going of
Hon. A. Romeo Horton, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, in
his 83rd year, at the Abington Hospital in Abington,
Pennsylvania. His wife, Mrs. Mary Eliza Horton, their
daughter Kamah and granddaughter Elishia were at his
Horton was the founder and former president of Liberia's
first indigenous bank, the Bank of Liberia (BOL). He
was a dedicated public servant, rising from Assistant
Economic Advisor to President W.V.S. Tubman to become
the first Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Labor.
Horton became the founding dean of the College of Business
and Public Administration at the University of Liberia.
He was one of the brains behind the establishment of
the African Development Bank (ADB) and its subsidiary,
the ECOWAS Fund. When the Fund was established, he became
its first managing director, assigned at its headquarters
in Lome, Togo.
was appointed president of Philadelphia Corporation
for Development and Cooperation (PCDC), appointed by
the Mayor of Philadelphia. It was a development-oriented
entity to help small businesses.
assisted in the founding and establishment of the United
Bank of Philadelphia, where he served as senior consultant.
It was the only minority majority commercial banking
institution in the city.
Romeo Horton was born in Monrovia on August 20, 1923,
to the union of the Rev. Daniel Richard Horton and his
wife Ora Milner Horton. He commenced his education at
Ricks Institute in Virginia, where Rev. Horton was principal.
When his father was transferred to the Booker Washington
Institute (BWI) to head the Agriculture Department there,
Romeo enrolled there, too, graduating from BWI in the
eighth grade in 1937. Among his classmates that year
were A.B. Anderson, founder of the Anderson Funeral
Home, and Joseph Boayue, former Secretary of Public
Works in the Tubman administration.
then entered the College of West Africa, where he graduated
in the early 1940s. He then entered Morehouse College,
Atlanta, Georgia, his father's alma mater, where he
graduated from college. Among his classmates was the
slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King.
Horton then matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania's
Wharton School of Finance, where he took the Master's
degree in Business and Finance.
Horton was a deacon in the church founded by his father,
St. Simon's Baptist Church in Bassa Community, Monrovia.
For years, he has helped manage the several missionary
churches founded by St. Simon's Baptist Church.
viewing and service of remembrance will be held
at the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania,
(where he once served as deacon) on Saturday, January
7, 2006. Viewing begins at 9:00 A.M. followed by the
service at 11:00 A.M. His remains will be flown to Liberia
for final services and burial at the Saint Simon Baptist
Church, Monrovia, Liberia. In addition to his beloved
wife of 49 years, Mrs. Mary Eliza Horton, he is survived
by his children: Shepard married to Kelly, Kamah married
to Robert Cooper, Danlette, Renee married to Louie Spring,
and Romell. His brother, Mr. Frances (Chu Chu) Horton,
and a host of other relatives, friends, associates and
students. May his soul rest in peace and may light perpetual
shine upon him.
Baptist Church, 610 Summit Ave, Jenkintown, PA 19406.
· Mrs. Eliza Horton----215-233-2710
· Mrs. Kamah Cooper (Daughter) 215-233-2710
· Mrs. Barbara Cooper-Grimes-(Niece) 215-327-0308
· Ms. Janice Cooper-(Niece)---267-207-0435
· Ms. Wede Cooper (Niece)-267-872-5915
· Ms. Ora Horton (Niece)----678-524-3626
· Mrs. Augusta Horton (Sister-in-Law)----610-747-2720
· Dr. Napoleon L. Divine (Friend of Family)---267-971-6561/215-729-0214
· Mr. Frances Horton---(Brother)---011-2316-559-249
· Ambassador Timothy Thomas---(God Son)--011-2316-519-691