William Vaughn Sexton, 92, of Warrenton, went to the loving arms of the Lord on March 22, 2017.
He was born on May 17, 1924, in Pageton, W.Va., to the late Gwyn and Ethel Sexton and was the oldest of six siblings. His beloved wife of 70 years, Gladys Evelyn Cochran Sexton preceded him in death in August 2014.
Mr. Sexton enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 7, 1942. During World War II, he served as a searchlight gunner with the Coast Artillery in South Florida and later on the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, he returned to the coalfields of West Virginia, working for U.S. Steel Corp. in Gary, W.Va. In 1962, he moved his family to Northern Virginia and was later employed by the General Service Administration at the Pentagon as a carpenter, advancing to cabinet maker and finally retiring as general foreman of the carpenter shop there in 1985. A member of the United Mine Workers of America, Mr. Sexton was also a Master Mason and member of the McDowell Lodge 112 in Welch, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Sexton Cochran Davis and Violet Sexton Massie.
Survivors include his son, Richard A. “Rick: Sexton and wife Leigh of Fairfax; three siblings, Vernon R. Sexton of Bluewell, W.Va. and Frances Sexton Phillips McDaniel of Radford and Rev. F.D. “Mickey” Sexton of Beckley, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Lorna Sexton of Fairfax and Morgan Sexton and wife Christie of Keyser, W.Va.; three great-grandchildren, Kiersten Swaney, Henry “Harry” Sexton and Moira Sexton all of Keyser, W.Va., and a multitude of nieces, nephews, extended family and beloved friends and neighbors.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. The service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warrenton Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 167 West Shirley Ave., Warrenton, Va. 20186.