9/9/13 — Floyd Dennis Sexton, 72, of Grayson, passed away on Sept. 5, 2013, at his home as a result of complications from pancreatic cancer.
He was born Jan. 22, 1941, in Willard, Carter County. He was the son of the late Dennis and Opal Hardy Sexton.
Floyd Sexton began his young working life as a laborer and later evolved into a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He originally worked as a boilermaker for Local No. 667 in Winfield, W.Va., and a coal-truck driver. He was a man who spotted and pursued business opportunities. For instance, when driving a coal truck he determined that he could make twice the money if he ran two trucks. So he trained his young bride, Mary, to drive a coal truck behind him on routes and doubled their income. He later formed and ran multiple successful companies along with his wife, Mary. These companies included a trucking company, Floyd Sexton Trucking, and a coal mining company, D & D Coal Company. He, along with his brothers, later formed and ran a dog food company, Sexton Brother’s Dog Food of Willard, which continues in operation today.
Floyd Sexton was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He was a generous man, often willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was a member of the Willard Church of Christ. He often had a smile and a funny story or joke to tell. He loved his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was adventurous and full of life. He liked fast cars. So much so that he became a race car driver for a time racing in the late model dirt-track series.
He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Mary Fraley Sexton. He is also survived by siblings, his children and his grandchildren. His siblings include the following: James “Mitch” Sexton, David “Jude” Sexton, Freeman Sexton, Deloras Jackson, the late Helen Jean Gallion, the late Okie Sexton and the late Donna Vera Sexton. His children include the following: Darren Sexton, Chad Sexton, Shannon Sexton Esq., and his wife Dr. Suzanne Sexton. His grandchildren include Dustin Sexton, Dean Sexton and Jack Sexton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Malone Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at the Malone Funeral Home with Dave Braun, minister. Burial will be in the East Carter Co. Memory Gardens.
Condolences can be sent to www.malonefuneralhome.com.