June 15, 2013
Steve Horton ---- Steve Horton worked for the city of Covington for 35 years, including as police chief, director of public works and most recently as city manager. His father is the late Cecil Horton, who died at age 44 when his son was just 21. ---- "The (advice) that I tell to my son is you have to work before you play. The lesson I got out of that is that you have to take care of the most important things first... you have to take care of your responsibilities first." ---- Cecil Horton also stressed the importance of honesty to his son. "He'd say, 'Son, you got to always tell the truth, it might not always taste good, like medicine, but you only have to do it one time. Your words are probably the most valuable thing you got,'" said Horton. ---- Horton's father encouraged his son to find wisdom in the Bible. "He read the Bible a lot. He would say, 'Take time to read the Bible. It's the playbook for life.' I believe it too, the older I get," said Horton ---- "He was may best friend. There's no telling what I'd know if he'd lived longer."
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Area leaders share words of wisdom learned from their fathers.