Pexton, Rev. Thomas Clayton Reverend Thomas Clayton Pexton died peacefully at Morningstar Dayton Place in Denver, Colorado on March 28, 2018. Throughout his life he was filled with warmth and humor and was devoted to caring for others. He will be greatly missed. Tom is preceded in death by Constance Pexton, his wife of more than 50 years and his brother Harold Pexton. Tom is survived by his children Robert Pexton, Elizabeth Pexton (Tony) and Sarah Pexton (David) and granddaughter Isabel Pexton. Tom was born on December 15, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio. After obtaining degrees from Kent State University and Oberlin College, he was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1958. He served as clergy at First Hungarian Reformed Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Shiloh Springs Church in Dayton and First Congregational Church in Springfield, Missouri. Tom then returned to school for Clinical Pastoral Education, becoming a Board Certified Chaplain. For two decades he dedicated himself to the spiritual care of the hospitalized in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tom was a lifelong supporter of Civil Rights. In Springfield, Missouri, in the 1960's, he co-founded and was vice president of the local chapter of the NAACP. He spearheaded and led the city's first integrated Vacation Bible School, bringing together children and teachers from black and white churches. Tom also worked on bridging ecumenical relations and how faith groups could work together for greater good in this world. Tom's tireless community involvement included working with Shorewood Men's Club and Shorewood Historical Society in Shorewood, Wisconsin. He was a Free Mason in Ohio. He contributed to the performing arts as a regular cast member with the Shorewood Players and by lending his voice to the Plymouth Chorale. Tom was also accomplished on the flute and piccolo. Tom's memorial service is Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 10:00AM, at Park Hill Congregational Church, Denver. In lieu of flowers please send donations in memory of Tom to Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee, WI 53211. Family may be contacted through Elizabeth Pexton, 1626 S. Rosemary St., Denver, CO 80231, [email protected]
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Apr. 1, 2018.