George A. Horning, Jr., 61, of Virginia Beach, Virginia died peacefully on July 14, 2022 in Virginia Beach Hospital in Virginia. George was born in Rome, N.Y. on August 22, 1960 to Beverly Van Avery Horning and George Horning Sr. He attended Chadwicks and Canajoharie, N.Y. schools.
George enlisted in the United States Navy in 1980. On June 22, 1980 he married the love of his life Rosemary Collins of Palatine Bridge, NY and they resided in Virginia Beach where he was stationed at Oceana. They remained married for 26 years.
George is survived by his mother, Beverly Van Avery Roach and his stepfather, Robert Roach of Valrico, Florida. His children, Elisha Rose Horning and her lifetime partner Jeff Feken of Virginia Beach, Virginia, son Vaughn Jordan Horning of Virginia Beach, Virginia, his twins Riley and Haley from his second wife Julie Horning; three sisters, Paula and John Errigo of Canajoharie, NY, Kelly and Dennis Priddle of Gloversville, NY and Robin and Jeff Hyams of Valrico, Florida ; his grandchildren, Alice Feken, Toby Ryan Horning, Ava King and Mark Jessup, all of Virginia Beach, Virginia as well as numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
George worked for many years for Resource Building and then Community Housing Partners doing new construction and renovations. He was a well-known drummer in the Virginia Beach area in the 90’s playing in such bands as The Release, The Roommates, filling in on occasion in Richard Spano’s band, Johnny Driveshaft, Bigger Dreams and Final Notice as well as other bands. He loved working on his mopar cars especially his 70 Roadrunner and playing his harmonica. He mostly loved having his friends over to barbeque and play music in his band room.
His ashes will be interred at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia where he will receive military honors. A celebration of life will be announced at a later time.
A special thank you from all the family to Cordie Martin of Virginia Beach, whose tender compassion and care for George was greatly appreciated.