William Paxton Jr.
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William "Sonny" D. Paxton Jr., 79, of Dunkirk, died April 9.
He was born December 15, 1932 in Washington, DC to William Sr. and Gladys Paxton.
William graduated from the Augusta Military Academy in 1950. He then continued his education at the University of Maryland until he was called to serve in
the United States Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After his 14-year career in the Air Force, he worked for Bell Telephone Company until he was employed as a Communications Analyst for NASA. Alongside his 24 year career at NASA, he worked for JC Penney in Forestville. After retirement, he went to work for Bendix as a communications analyst for 10 years.
William was a member of American Legion Post # 206. In addition, he was a long time dedicated member of Forest Memorial United Methodist Church where he served on the board of trustees. His hobbies included bird watching and working on his computer. He was an avid animal lover but his greatest passion was attending his grandchildren's sporting events
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his granddaughter, Megan.
William is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Sandra Paxton; his children, Eddie (Sherry) McCrory, Belinda (Kip) Richason, David L. Paxton, Rodney Daniel (Kimmie) Paxton, Michele (Ted) McWhinney, Vickie (Joe) Jackson and Shari (Tony) Demino; grandchildren, Lee, Kelly, Cayance, Jason, Jessica, Jeffrey, Karen, Roman, Jacob, Shelby, Amber, Sarah, Nicos, AJ and Cassa; five great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, and also from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m., on Monday, April 16, at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings. Interment with military honors will follow in Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in William's honor to either Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, MD 21401; or CAWL: Calvert Animal Welfare League, PO Box 1660, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Published in The Capital on Apr. 13, 2012