A Distinguished Gentleman and Community Servant

Frederick “Freddie” Horne

By Sarah Williams –

This Black History month The Urban News recognizes Frederick “Freddie” Horne, a man of many talents, experiences, and contributions to the Asheville community. 

A native Ashevillean, Freddie graduated from Stephens-Lee High School, Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, the University of Guam, and the University of Maryland.

Freddie is a dedicated member of Berry Temple United Methodist Church, where he serves on the stewardship board, as church greeter, and as a trustee. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association, a charter member of the Rites of Passage, and a member of the Johnson C. Smith University Alumni Association.

A lover of all sports, Freddie also admires logic and logical thinking—as well as “talking smack.” But his view of humanity, summarized in his personal motto, offers a better summing up of why his life and work have been of value to everyone he meets: “Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.”

A longtime and dedicated member of the Elks, Freddie serves as Exalted Ruler of Fawndale Lodge #363, where he previously served as Tiler and Leading Knight. He was named Elk of the year in 2000 and received the Outstanding Cooperation Award in 2002 from Fawndale Lodge #363. He presently serves as Exalted Ruler. He is a member of the Past Exalted Ruler Council #134 and has served as Vice Chief Antler and currently as Chief Antler. He is a member of Enloe Past State President Council #3, a Special Deputy in the 8th District, and is also active in Civil Liberties. He also received Elk of the Year awards in 2002 and 2008 and North Carolina Association Elk of the Year Award in 2017.

Freddie can be found at his beloved Elks Club, 382 South French Broad Avenue, on any Saturday, where the Elks cook and sell delicious dinners.

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