David Nelson VanHorn

David Nelson VanHorn

Carrsville, VA
06.19.1948 - 12.27.2018
Elmira, NY

David Nelson VanHorn “David”, 70, of Carrsville, Va. was granted his angel wings on December 27, 2018. He is now eternally reunited with his late wife, Patricia VanHorn. He is the son of the late Nelson and Marjory VanHorn.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Gary Ayers II and wife Sabrina, William VanHorn and wife Samantha, Patricia Caughran and husband Timothy. David has 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. David is also survived by his siblings, Robert VanHorn, Marjory VanHorn, and Betty VanHorn. 

David was retired, having worked many years as a certified automotive mechanic and warehouse supervisor. He worked more than 20 years with Franks General Hauling, Inc., largely including contracts with the Virginian Pilot. 

David was a quiet person with a fun personality. He enjoyed morning coffee, cold beer, and quiet time. He was a proud and private man that believed in hard work. He loved his family and adored visits from the little ones.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 6, at 10 am. at R.W.Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington Street, Suffolk, VA 23434. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com.

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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Please accept my condolences for the passing of David. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, "... There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." (Acts 24:15)

I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God's making. (John 17:3)


I never met David but have the joy of knowing Betty and Marjory. If David was anything like the two of them i'm sure he will be missed by his friends and family. The VanHorn family come from very good stock and i know this is a loss for both Betty and Marjory and the rest of David's friends and family... So sorry for your loss.

Mary Goodwin

My family and I met David and Patricia thru the Bunn family. We had many good times at the Bunn house celebrating holidays and birthdays together.

So sorry to hear of his passing.

God bless you all.

Tracie June

Dave and I were very good friends in his early Horseheads New York life. I was the best man at Pat and Dave's wedding. I am very sorry to hear that he passed. I will always remember him for many good times. His original tool box for service calls was a hammer and vice grips a can of beer and a bag of potato chips. His words were "If you can't fix it with the hammer and vice grips, drink the beer and eat the chips. He will never be forgotten. May God bless and be safe....Rich Schillo

Rich Schillo

I have been friends with David since he married my best friend Pat. Both were a major part of my life. I'm proud that they called me friend, and so glad they were mine. David was a special man: proud, intelligent, stubborn, and honest. He did what he thought he was right, regardless. And I will miss him. I believe he is where he wants to be, with Pat. Goodbye friend.

Sally Higgins

My Daddy was such a special man. Words truly cannot describe how much he meant to those around him. I know he is now dancing with my Momma and celebrating the life they had. I love you, Daddy!

Love you bunches forever and always,
Your Duckling

143 From East TN,
Trisha ❤️

Trish Caughran

I would like that Dave for helping grow as a child/teen. I enjoyed all the years . I had never been to Horseheads ,Ny until he took me. He didn't have to take me, but he treated me as if I was his own. I truly like to thank him for that.
Trish , Gary, and Billy , I miss you guys. He will be dancing with Mom ..
Love you Dave...

Robbie Robinson

David will certainly be missed by many. I had the privilege of knowing him and as never knowing any of my grandfathers he was the closest thing I had to one. I regret I never got to share that with him. But I hope he knows how I felt inside. I enjoyed delivering the Sunday papers with him. He never talked much during the runs but when he did it was great. I will forever hold a special place for you in my heart grandpa

Phillip Caughran

Uncle Dave. He seemed to have such a hard exterior but I came to realize he was soft for those he loved. He was hard working. He would always tell jokes and most were inappropriate but still funny. I thank him for my off the wall sense of humor. I am so sorry he is gone but glad he is no longer suffering. I feel very lucky that he was a part of my life.

Beth (Kent) Simmons

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