In memory of
Burnett C. Hornady
In memory of
Burnett C. Hornady
July 24, 1927-April 15, 2017 Burnett C. Hornady "A Man Larger Than Life" Burnett C. (B.C.) Hornady, born July 24, 1927 was a lifelong resident of Monroeville, AL. For almost 90 years the name of Hornady has prevailed in the small southern town. Mr. Hornady was instrumental in the growth of Monroeville and building Hornady Truck Line. Hornady was involved in local politics in Monroeville from 1966-1992. He spent eleven years as a city councilman and sixteen years as Monroeville's Mayor. He served on the Executive Board of Alabama League of Municipalities for 12 years. As a city councilman, Hornady was on the Industrial Board which brought Arvin Industries to Monroeville. During his terms as Mayor, Hornady built two new fire stations in Monroeville. He also built the Lyle Salter Public Works Building, purchased 460 acres from the Baptist Foundation and 17 acres from a private owner for the Monroeville City Park. He organized the Monroeville Park and Recreational Board. During his terms the YMCA, Rocky Creek Lumber Co., Acorn Glass, and the outlet center was established in Monroeville. The area of Clausell was incorporated into the city limits and Clausell Park was expanded. State retirement for city police was instated and the first policewoman hired. Hornady also served as President of the Conecuh-Monroe Gas Board. The Monroeville native spent his career in the trucking industry. Hornady began as a lease operator for Phillips Truck Line and A-OK Motor Lines with one to three trucks. Along with his two older brothers Pete and Cecil, Hornady Brothers Truck Line was formed. Pete later sold his authority to Cecil and Burnett and moved away. Hornady Brothers initially hauled freight from Mobile to Birmingham. In the 60's, before deregulation, Hornady Brothers had filed I50 applications with the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). The company operated from the L & N railroad depot with a maintenance garage on Cecil's property. By 1968, the company was an agent for United Van Lines and a terminal was opened in Birmingham. In 1977, B.C. Hornady became the sole owner and President of Hornady Truck Line Inc. Hornady Truck Line, Inc. was one of the first companies to file for general authority and B.C. became the first salesman. In 1983, a Mobile terminal was opened. Two years later in 1985 a Montgomery terminal followed. In 1987, a third terminal was opened in Emporia, VA to give Hornady a driver base on the East Coast. A terminal was opened in Elizabethtown, KY, two years after Emporia as a crossroads for fueling and a driver base. In 1995, a Birmingham terminal was purchased expanding the Hornady fleet to over 400 tractors accompanied by 600 flatbed trailers and 600 employees company wide with six terminals hauling steel and building materials east of the Rocky Mountains. Hornady served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Trucking Association for over 12 years. Publications such as U.S. Business Review, Southern Motor Cargo, Motor Carrier Review and Alabama Trucker all featured articles on Hornady's success as an entrepreneur. Hornady served 4 years in the Merchant Marines and two years in the War Ship Administration. In 2010, he received the Veteran of the Year Award. He was a member of the Masons and Shriners organizations and a member of the First Baptist Church of Monroeville. Hornady is survived by his wife, Juliette Jenkins Hornady, of 68 years and three children: Debra Hornady of Fairhope, AL, Judy (Guy) Martorana of Birmingham, AL, and Chris (Pat) Hornady of Foley, AL. One surviving sister Nancy (Winston) Ikner of Daphne, AL. Six grandchildren: Clint (Amy) Turberville of Greenfield, TN., Guy Richard Martorana of Islamabad, Pakistan, Amy (Jason) Hames of Monroeville, AL, Monet Martorana of San Diego, CA., Sophia (Caleb) Clanton of Nashville, TN., and Eli (Madison) Martorana of Nashville, TN. Five great grandchildren: Caitlin Rowell, Mason Rowell, Nathan Turberville, William Hames and Shepherd Clanton and many nieces and nephews. Eddie Everette served as Monroeville's Fire Chief under Mayor Hornady's leadership. Everette said of Hornady, "What people don't know was that he was a visionary. He didn't make his plans on 2 to 5 years in the future, but looked ahead 10 to 20 years in the future. He saved the city a lot of money." Burnett C. Hornady was a self-driven individual, a successful businessman, a visionary thinker, an inspiration to others and an American patriot. Many describe him as "A man larger than life." He will be sadly missed by his friends and family. Visitation was held on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 9:30AM to 11AM at Monroeville First Baptist Church. Funeral services followed at 11AM at Monroeville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Glen Eubanks and Rev. Kenneth Johnson officiating. Interment was at Pineville Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing. Visit our online registry at www.johnsonfh.org ... Show More
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