Darrel Ray Sexton
January 23, 1941 ~ December 18, 2013
Darrel Ray Sexton, 72, passed away on December 18, 2013, with grace and dignity after battling cancer for a short time. Darrel was born to Elmer and Eunice (Elliott) Sexton on January 23, 1941, in Viola, AR. He grew up attending school and, with two brothers and a sister, helping his parents on the family farm. Standing six feet five inches tall, he made his high school basketball coach a happy man. He graduated high school at Viola, AR in 1959. On May 28, 1965, he married Kathy Moody in Melbourne, AR. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Wenatchee, WA and on April 12, 1966, son, Darrin, joined the family. Darrel worked at various jobs before beginning his 26-1/2 year career at Alcoa. He was also a part time cherry orchardist for a few years. He retired from Alcoa in 1996, as a Pot Line Foreman. His last career was seven years driving the school bus for Eastmont School District. In earlier years, he enjoyed boating on Lake Chelan, fishing with friends and his uncle, Leonard, especially baiting his hooks for him. To quote him, “he was building memories.” He loved his horses and also used them while working with 4-H. Darrel was a member of the Eastmont Baptist Church and enjoyed driving groups of folks on trips in the church bus. He was a man of faith.
He is survived by his brother, Ell Dee Sexton of Fayetteville, AR; sister, Carolyn (Bob) Rector of Melbourne, AR; daughter-in-law, Lisa Sexton of East Wenatchee, WA; grandson, Cole Wade Sexton, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at San Diego, CA; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Edna Nichols. He was preceded in death by his son, Darrin Sexton; brother, Dale Sexton; and his parents.
Special heartfelt thanks to the staff at Maple Lodge. We cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude to Shelly and the “Angels” at Maple Lodge for their tender, loving care of Darrel. They were not like a care facility, they were like being at home.
A Service of Commemoration will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Eastmont Baptist Church, 400 S. Kentucky, East Wenatchee, with Pastor Steve Brewer officiating. A Concluding Service and the Entombment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. Friends who wish may make memorial donations in his name to Wellness Place or Cancer Care of N.C.W. You are invited to visit his tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.