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Fred, the community activist

Boxer, drummer, community activist, father, and a good brother

Today we celebrate the home-going of Fred Joseph Horn Jr.; born March 9, 1944, to the late Fred Joseph Horn Sr. and the late Louise Horn.

Fred was born in St. Louis, Missouri where he resided until he was 14 years old. His family later migrated by train to California in 1958.

He attended Mount Vernon Jr. High School and Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, Ca. During high school he played football and became an all-star player. Fred helped lead his team to the city championship during his graduating year. After high school Fred went on to play semi-professional football, traveling through out the country.

Fred had been a devout Christian for over 53 years. He attended various churches and became a member of Glory Christian Fellowship International in 2004.

In 1963, Fred married Marian Stokes who gave birth to their only son Charles Tracey Horn, on December 29, 1963.

During the 1970's, Fred was very active in the community, and enthusiastically gave his time to help inner-city youth. He served as an activist to eliminate gang violence. He was so passionate, he opened the Malcolm X Center, and was also moved to establish The Long Table, in 1972; an organization that encouraged Bloods and Crips to sit down at the table and to talk out their differences. Unfortunately, his efforts were eventually thwarted... Unrelenting, he established Anti-Self-Destruction, Incorporated, which was dedicated to install pride and uplift inner-city youth. Also, he proudly worked as an assistant to Councilman Robert Farrell for the City of L.A. where again, he was involved in community outreach.

Outside of community service, he had a great passion for boxing. He ultimately became a professional boxer. After retirement, he continued to give of himself and coach children and adults.

In his later years he fathered two beautiful daughters, with Ozzi Dell Radford; Fredricka and Sheena Horn.

He leaves to mourn his three children, Charles, Fredricka, and Sheena; his daughter-in-law Tavia Horn; sister, Frieda Willis; brother, Tyrone R. Horn, Sr.; three grandsons, and a host of nephews, nieces, and special friends.

So Long Fred!



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