Carol Horn Shurbet

Published 1:53 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Carol Horn Shurbet


Carol Horn Shurbet made her journey to her heavenly home on March 15, 2014. Carol’s faith was strengthened throughout her battle with cancer. While she did not want to leave her beloved family and friends, she looked forward with great anticipation to be reunited with all her loved ones who have gone on before. Carol continues on her spiritual journey forever.

Carol was born on Feb. 11, 1945. She grew up in Columbiana, daughter to Mayme Miller and Newton Yeager Horn, both deceased. She graduated from Shelby County High School and continued her education at the University of Alabama where she received a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education and a member of Phi Mu sorority. While at the Capstone, she was chosen as one of the original members of the Bama Crimson girls. Her career in education spanned 30 years as she taught with a great faculty and staff at Bluff Park Elementary. Many of her co-workers became lifelong friends.

Carol was blessed with two wonderful children, Kelli S. Gilmer (Jeff) Trussville and Randall Shurbet Jr. of Homewood. She is survived by a granddaughter, Lillian Shurbet of Homewood, attending Alabama School of Fine Arts; and six grandsons: Clay Gilmer attending Shelton State, Austin Gilmer attending University of Alabama-Birmingham, Zachary Galloway attending University of Alabama, Dagan Shurbet attending Homewood High School, Logan Gilmer attending Hewitt-Trussville High School and Griffin Gilmer attending Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. Her family was her pride and joy. She considered her grandchildren as angels left on earth to share their love and compassion just as she did during her lifetime.

Carol is survived by her brother, Howell Y. Horn of Columbiana; a niece, Marsha Horn Harbin and her partner, Deby Wright, of Hoover; and the father of her children, Randy Shurbet Sr. of Austin, Texas. She is leaving several beloved cousins and a host of good friends.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at the First United Church of Columbiana, 200 North Main Street in Columbiana, AL. Family will receive guests from 10 a.m. until time for the service. Scattering of ashes will be on the farm of life-long friend, Mary Cobb, in Four Mile. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Carol Horn Shurbet, Phi Mu Memorial Fund, 2340 Regent Lane, Hoover, AL 35226. Memorials will be used by Phi Mu sorority during the building of a new chapter house at the University of Alabama and/or First United Methodist Church of Columbiana, P.O. Box 676, Columbiana, AL 35051 to be used in the music ministry.

In Carol’s last writings, she stated, “I leave my love to all of you and I’ll see you in the morning when we awake in heaven.”