Dr. Louis C. Thaxton, Sr.
Princess Anne-Dr. Louis Coleman Thaxton, Sr., "Doc" passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 86, comforted by his son, Lindsay who had become his primary caregiver. He has gone to be with his Lord Jesus Christ, and all his loved ones who have gone before him.
Dr. Louis Coleman Thaxton enjoyed a very rich and fulfilling life as a beloved husband, father and educator. By his own account the foundational act of his success was marrying his high school sweetheart, Johnnie Lee McCoy in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Due to his love of agriculture they began raising a family in Lansing, Michigan on campus of the Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Education, and later a Master's Degree in Educational Administration.
After his undergraduate work at Michigan State he moved his family to Guam where he began his teaching career as a high school vocational educational instructor. He went on to earn his Masters and to become a high school administrator and later the director of vocational education for the Trust Territories of Pacific Islands, working with both the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Education. He was responsible for setting up vocational Education programs in high schools throughout Micronesia and he took much joy in his work.
After many years in the Pacific Islands he returned to the mainland and completed his Doctorate at Ohio State University. He then accepted a position with the Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Maryland on the Eastern Shore (UMES) where he worked with community leaders and educators until he retired.
To his colleagues and the community he was respected as an Educator, Concerned Citizen, Community Leader and Developer, Horticulturalist, Bee and Rabbit Keeper, Wine Maker, International Traveler, and Trusted Friend… To his family he was and remains a beloved, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great, great grandfather. He will be dearly missed by his family and all those lives he touched.
He was predeceased by his wife, Johnnie and is survived by their eight children as well as his younger brother, Lindsay Gerald Howard Thaxton Jr. and numerous grandchildren. His daughters: Lolita Charlotte Parker and Charmange Hough; his sons: Lamont Christopher, Thaddeus Timothy, Theodore Lee, Lindsay Howard, Cyrano de Begerac, and Louis Coleman (Jr.).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm at 30463 Linden Ave., Princess Anne, MD.
All arrangements are being handled by Stewart Funeral Home by Holloway and Downey, P.A., 821 West Rd., Salisbury, Maryland 21802.
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Published in The Daily Times on Sept. 3, 2014