Skip to content

Obituary - John Horace Day



The funeral for John Horace Day, 60, of Orlando, Florida, was held Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla.. Interment is in Greenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Day died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at home.

He is the uncle of Chavigny Beasley House, wife of Shelbyville horse trainer, Mike House. He is survived by his wife, Susan Beasley Day, two daughters, Susu Day Silliman and Mary Day Harmening, both of Orlando, one sister, Mary Alice Phelps of Orlando and five grandchildren.

Some of the horses they owned included Susie Day’s Ladies WGC Jenny’s Jezebel, daughter Mary’s WGC Pony Supreme Jubilation, Standing Ovation, and Ebony on Call. Susie also won the ladies WGC in the early 60’s before she was married on Romeo’s Merry Queen.

He was born in Orlando to Dr. Horace Asa Day and Mary Elizabeth Schlater Day. His mother died when he was very young and Irene Tregler Day became his stepmother.

He earned degrees in mechanical engineering and civil engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of ATO fraternity. He became assistant plant engineer with The Orlando Utilities Commission and later began an entrepreneurial career which included serving as CEO of Day Enterprises, Inc. , CEO of Florida Restaurant, Inc.; chairman of Orange Bank; general partner of the Orlando Renegades football team; owner and operator of a dairy farm in Lake County; and an owner of Madison Communications, Inc., a cable company.

At the time of his death, he was owner and CEO of EGP, The Copier People. He was engaged in building, developing and managing real estate and was an active citrus grower.

Day was a founder of the Florida Citrus Bowl; a board member of the Highlands Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, NC and president of the University Club of Orlando.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, 106 East Church St., or to Highlands Cashiers Hospital, Highlands, NC 28741.

More Stories