Bernard Sexton

February 22, 2016
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VETERAN

Bernard Levi Ashley Sexton, 79, passed away on November 6, 2015, at the Thomson Hood Veteran’s Home in Wilmore, Kentucky. He was always known as “Sonny” since he was a child. He died after a long battle with cancer, as too many of our loved ones do. I hope someday medical science will actually have a cure for cancer where no one dies from this horrible disease.
He was born on July 20, 1936, in Lothair, Kentucky, Perry County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leycaster Sexton and Ethel Virginia Blazer; and three sisters, Tola Dean Sexton, Barbara Ruth Duncan, and Helen Sexton.
He is survived by three sisters, Yvonne (Donald) Seibers, Wanda Simon, and Margaret Ann Taylor; three brothers, James Edward Blazer, James Elmer Sexton, and Gary Sexton; numerous nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces and a host of cousins and friends. Special mention is needed for dear friends, Boyd, Kim, and Ted Horsley and David Tims, as well as canine friend Lily.
I had thought about writing the usual things you would find in an obituary but he had a lot of interests and was very knowledgeable on many subjects. It’s enough to say that he was a good man and a good Christian and kept his Bible by his side always. He was truly loved by his family and friends and that statement alone tells a lot about him.
It does need mentioned that he served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps from July 7, 1955 to July 6, 1959. His military occupational specialty was jet engine mechanic, 7th Marines, then later in the 4th Marine Corps Reserve. Even though he served years ago, his love of the Marine Corps and fascination with airplanes remained with him throughout his life. He serves God in a different capacity now, a Marine serving in Heaven.
Sonny was my big brother and God could not have blessed me with a better one. It will always be an honor and a privilege to have been in his life and he in mine. My life is so much richer because of him and the kind of person he was. Semper Fi, Sonny. May God bless you.