James Arthur Sexton, 86 of Valley Hill, died Monday, December 30, 2013 at his home.
A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was born on May 25, 1927 to the late Samuel L. Sexton and Lila C. Grice Sexton. He is also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sissy Sexton.
Arthur served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1947 and the reserves from 1947 to 1952. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. Arthur also served in the Valley Hill Fire Department for over 20 years in the capacity of Chief, Lieutenant, Chaplain, and treasurer. He retired from DuPont in 1990.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Louise Crawford Sexton; three sons, David Sexton and his wife Doris, Curtis Sexton and his wife Shirley, and Ray Sexton and his wife Dooder; a daughter, Diane Justice and her husband David; eight grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and a brother, Johnny Sexton and his wife Brenda.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Widener and Rev. Arthur Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home; and at other times at the home.