Tommy B. Sexton, Sr., 84, of Little York, Indiana, formerly of Oneida, passed away May 20, 2014, at Hosparus at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Born in Oneida, January 21, 1930, he was preceded in death by his parents, Manford E. and Wilda Baker Sexton; brothers, Col. Roy D. and Sgt. Manford E. Sexton, Jr.; and in-laws: Emmet D. and Veda Randall Keith, William E. York, Sgt/Major Irael B. Reed, W. Claude Terry, Jr., Wilma June Sexton, Dorothy Sexton, and Patricia Sexton.
He attended Oneida High School and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1948, and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Both in high school and in the military he was an outstanding athlete, particularly in basketball and baseball. He attended and received a BA degree from Tennessee Tech, a Master of Science from Montevallo Alabama and post graduate work at East Tennessee State and at the University of Louisville. He was supervisor of instructions and taught electronics at Scott Air Force Base for three years, taught chemistry, physics, and biology at Austin High School in Indiana for 33 years before retiring. He served as director of Little League baseball programs in Indiana; served as high school baseball coach and tutored athletes in fundamentals of basketball for several years; directed the Austin High School Science Fair, and organized/directed a country music/entertainment venue at the school. As a science teacher, he helped design his laboratory and won several awards for design innovations, lab safety and organization from the State of Indiana, as well as others. He served as past post commander of the local American Legion in Little York, Ind., and organized the Veteranís program at the high school. In his later years, he loved to work in his garden. He became a Christian at an early age, was a member of First Baptist Church-Oneida, and loved to sing gospel music.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Naomi Melba Keith Sexton of Little York, Ind.; children: Michael (Brenda) David Sexton of Little York, Carol Denise (Craig) Nevels of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tommy Burton (Karen) Sexton, Jr. of Oneida, Brain Keith Sexton of Knoxville, Karen Faye (John) Voorhees of Georgetown, Ind., Jeffrey Dale (Anna) Sexton of Huntsville, Ala., and Sharon Louise (Kelly) Countryman of Scottsburg, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, siblings: Wandaline (Aaron) Jones of NC, Wilda Theora York of Huntsville, Lillian Louise Reed of Murfreesboro, Fayrene Terry, Donald Gordon Sexton, and Charles B. Sexton, all of Oneida, Carol Arnette (Tom) Mouat of Beavercreek, Ohio, Edwina Rose (Glen) Greenwood of Coffee, Ill., Landon Carter (Alma Faye) Sexton of Pine Knot, Ky., and Judy Elaine (Ronald) Hutchings of Sparta; in-laws: Geneva Bell of Centerville, Ohio, Rowena (Don) Luthy of Crossville, and Mark A. (Alice) Keith of Scottsburg, Ind.; and several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives.
Funeral service was conducted May 24, at First Baptist Church-Oneida with Bro. Philip Kazee and Bro. Dale Smith officiating. Interment followed at Sexton Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.