William-Sexton, Jr. (Billy)-Obituary

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William Riley Sexton, Jr. (Billy)

Benham, Kentucky

Sep 19, 1959 – Aug 21, 2019


Tri City Funeral Home - Benham Obituary

A businessman, fisherman, coach, comedian, car fanatic, and loving son, friend, father, and husband:  William Riley Sexton, Jr., was affectionately called Billy since September 19, 1959, when he was the first born to Bill Riley and Wanda Breeding Sexton.  Soon afterward came siblings, Cathy Sexton, now Patterson, and Alan Sexton.

He married his high school sweetheart, Debi Burton, 40 years ago on June 23, 1979.  This union added three more siblings: Donnie Burton, Linda Burton Craiger (Sis), and Sharon Burton (Doodle Bug).  Thirteen years and one day later, they were blessed with their only child, a son, William Riley Tre’ Sexton III.  Billy graduated from Whitesburg High School and earned an auto body certification from Kentucky Tech.  He loved traveling, bowling, Nascar, lake life, his granddog Anastasia, and playing games, especially cornhole and Rook and a mean game of chess or checkers.  He was a former volleyball coach who had great success in teaching skills, but more importantly, building long lasting positive relationships with those he coached.

Following the death of his father, he left his auto body profession to take up the mantel for the business his father started 56 years ago, Sexton’s Used Cars.  In continuing the same tradition of his father, he started his own property business, Sexton Properties.

Billy’s passing has devastated his family and friends and is a great loss not only to them but to the community.

Visitation will be at the Whitesburg United Methodist Church on Friday, August 23, 2019, between 6 – 9 P.M. and on Saturday, August 24, 2019, between 12 – 2 P.M.  A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 P.M. with Ed Woods, John Wampler, and Keith Williams officiating.

Burial will be at Scott’s Oakland Cemetery in Cumberland, KY, alongside his loving in-laws Eugene and Imogene Burton who thought of him as a son of their own.


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Billy was a great person! So sorry to hear of his passing.

Debi (Mrs. Sexton), I am so very sorry for the passing of Billy, my amazing volleyball coach. I wont ever forget the positive impact and wonderful, fun memories that he gave me. Thank you both for always treating me like your own. I pray for comfort for you, your son, and all the family.

Love and prayers,
Jennifer Hall Johnson (Sticks❤)

Debi and Tre,

So sorry for your loss. I hope fond memories comfort you and make you smile.

If you need to get away, you are always welcome here.

Love You,
Tammy Burton Tice

Long Time Friend sad to here this

Debi, so sorry for your loss. Billy was a great guy. Prayers of peace and comfort for you and Tre. Love your friends, Earl and Kim Barrett

Debi, I am so sorry to hear about Billy. You all truly had the wonderful life of marrying your best friend and 40 years is amazing. In school Billy was always a very nice guy and a good friend to all. Prayers to your family.

We're so sorry Debi, Tre, Wanda an the family, James thought the world of Billy, he will be truly missed, Praying for you all ❤

In loving memory of a wonderful person. Debi I'm so very sorry to hear about Bill.