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Captain Willliam Howard "Bill" Sexton

February 4, 1930 — November 3, 2021

Abingdon, VA – Captain William Howard “Bill” Sexton, U.S.M.C. Retired, passed on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, in Johnston Memorial Hospital.  Captain Bill retired from the United States Marine Corps after 20 years of service.  He served in the Korean War during which time he received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat and as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Marines during the Vietnam War.  After retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and Pilot Motor Freight.  Bill was a member of V.F.W. Post 1994 and Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alonzo and Lillian Sexton; wife, Edna Louise “Peggy” Sexton; son, William Frank “Billy” Sexton; grandson, Travis Sexton; and several siblings.

He is survived by his son, David Sexton of Bristol, VA; granddaughter, Mary Shannon Sexton of Abingdon, VA; and sister, Charlotte Sandberg of Bristol, VA.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 2021, in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Roger Phelps and Rev. Dale Gilbert officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps.

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The family of Captain William Howard “Bill’’ Sexton, U.S.M.C. Retired, is in the care of the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276-623-2700).
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Sunday, November 7, 2021

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Farris Funeral Service, Inc. – Main Street Chapel

427 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

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