Rhea Football Field Named In Memory of Bill Horton

Rhea Football Field Named In Memory of Bill Horton

Bill Horton Field at the Rhea County High School. (Photo by Dean Wilson)

Rhea County High School Coach Bill Horton




There once was a man that touched the lives of many Rhea County High School students in ways that will never be forgotten. Rhea County Football Coach Bill Horton passed away in August of 1995.

William E. “Bill” Horton was a graduate of Carson Newman College. He earned his master’s degree from Union College. He started his career as a teacher and football coach at Jefferson County High School, moving to Knox Carter and then later to Greenville. Before coming to Rhea County, he had returned to Carson Newman College to coach and then returned to high school football by coaching at the Cumberland High School located in Kentucky.


Horton came to Rhea County in 1981 where he led the Golden Eagles to two appearances in the Class AAA State Championship game, once in 1981 and again in 1985.

Horton during his three-year battle with cancer never lost faith. He was never ashamed of professing his faith in Jesus Christ.  He remained close with his family, his church and the Golden Eagles during his struggle. He was often seen right in front of the concrete bleachers showing his support for the team.

Hundreds of relatives, friends, coworkers and Rhea County residents were in attendance of his funeral. The Golden Eagle players were dressed in their Green and Gold attire in respect to the man they all admired.

The Rhea County Football field was dedicated in memory of Horton and named “Bill Horton Field”. A plaque and an American flag that is flown at the stadium stand today in honor of this admired man.


Coach Bill Horton

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

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