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Former Moffett superintendent dies in ATV accident

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Former Moffett Public School superintendent Bill Wallace Horton died about 7:44 p.m. Saturday when the ATV he was operating rolled over on him, according to the Sequoyah County detachment of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Horton, 76, was at 1125 Road and North 4620 Road, about four miles south of Sallisaw, when the accident occurred.

The OHP report says Horton was backing out at an angle on a slope with a sprayer tank attached to the ATV. However, when he attempted to turn the ATV, the weight of the sprayer tank caused it to roll over, and the ATV landed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Horton was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 and served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War from March 1966 to March 1967. He was honorably discharged in 1967.

Horton also served on the board of the Cherokee Nation Election Commission for several years.

A memorial service for Horton is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Fort Smith National Cemetery under direction of Agent & Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Sallisaw.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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