Frank H. Thaxton, Jr.
SHREVEPORT - A memorial service to celebrate the life of Frank H. Thaxton, Jr. will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Couch Chapel at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport. Officiating will be Dr. Pat Day. Frank is survived by his wife of 67 years, Johanna (Ann) Louisa DeBeer Thaxton, his son Frank H. Thaxton, III, his four grandchildren, Tom Thaxton, Kate Thaxton Gray, Luke Thaxton, and Frank Thaxton IV, and eight great-grandchildren, Isabella, Kathryn, Frank, Allison, Tegan, Cannon, Erin, and Connor. He passed away at home on July 14, 2013 with his entire family at his side.
Frank was born January 19, 1923 in Woodworth, Louisiana, the youngest of six children. He enrolled at LSU at the age of 17. He joined the Army
in 1943 and served in the Second Infantry Division during World War II
, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart
, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star
, and two campaign medals.
While attached to the U.S. Embassy in Holland following the war, he met and married his wife Ann and they returned to Shreveport to start their family. Frank worked in banking and retired as President of First Federal Saving and Loan. As he had his entire life, he continued to devote all of his time to his family, volunteering at his church, helping veterans in every walk of life through the DAV, VFW, and Military Order of the Purple Heart, and even as recently as this year delivering meals on wheels through the Volunteers of America to those who were homebound. His faith was the foundation of every part of his life and he led by example for his family and everyone who met him.
Frank was, and his family remains, grateful for the many years of compassionate care provided by Dr. Raj Gandhi and his staff, Jamie Walker and Deborah Sutton at Louisiana Care Tenders, Sonnie Washington, and the nursing staff at LifePath Hospice. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First United Methodist Church Eternal Flame Fund, or a