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Bill Paxton

1924 - 2014
Bill Paxton Obituary
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Paxton on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at age 90. Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday in Moore Funeral Home South Chapel. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are invited to gather at 9 a.m. Bill was born in Madill, Okla., on Nov. 26, 1924, to Hoyt Meredith and Lucille Splawn Paxton. The family resided in Amarillo and Quero before moving to Fort Worth, where he attended Polytechnic High School. He served in the Navy Seabees during World War II for 3 1/2 years. He served in California, Newfoundland and the Philippines before his honorable discharge in 1946. Later in the year he married Margaret Gambill. They were blessed by celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary Nov. 15, 2014. After service, he joined the local plumbers union and soon earned his journeyman plumber's license. He worked for Leslie Miller Mechanical Contractors, supervising plumbers working on the underground refueling system at Carswell Air Base, for Gen. Curtis LeMay's B-52 bombers and later at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells. In 1954, Bill and his brother Jack Paxton began operating Ace Cleaners & Laundry; eventually they had five locations in the Fort Worth area with Bill operating the dry cleaning business and Jack operating the laundry. Bill and Jack opened the first Norge Dry Cleaning & Laundry Coin- Operated Business in Fort Worth at 3307 E. Vickery Blvd. on June 8, 1961. They sold their business in early 1982 when Bill and Margaret moved to their farm in Covington and Jack retired. Bill purchased 243 wooded acres in 1966 and took night courses in beef production and pasture land management at TCU. He was named Absentee Conservation Farmer of the Year while living and working in Fort Worth. With the help of the Hill County Soil Conservation Office in Hillsboro, he developed a conservation plan for his acreage, thinning underbrush and trees on a selective basis permitting the growth of coastal grass while retaining large trees for beautification and shade for his cattle. He cross-fenced his pastures with 9,300 feet of barbed wire, including a stock tank in each pasture to allow for rotation of his cattle. Bill became a member of the Masonic Lodge on Hemphill as a young man and transferred his membership to Covington, where he received his 60-year service pin in December 2012. Bill was a member of the Downtown SS Class and was a deacon in First Baptist Church of Hillsboro. Bill was preceded in death by a son, James Gary Paxton; his father and mother; and brother, Jack S. Paxton. Survivors: Daughter, Karen Paxton McLure Rogers and husband, Randy; granddaughters, Leslye McLure and Katherine McLure Grayson and husband, John Grayson; nieces, Sherry Paxton Moore and Debbie Paxton, Hayley Glenn and husband, Jason, Sunnye McLanahan and husband, Michael; nephews, Jim Moore, Thomas Griffith, John Gambill and wife, Brenda, and Cody Gambill and wife, Jan; and great-nephews, Robbie Moore and wife, Kristin, and Zackery Weinberg and wife, Rachael.
Published in Star-Telegram on Dec. 3, 2014
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