FREEMAN WV- Reginald Mason Sexton was ushered into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 after a brief illness. Family members gathered around him to wish him a final farewell as God in His perfect timing called him home. Reginald was born Dec. 24, 1919, in his hometown of Freeman and graduated from Bramwell High School in 1937. He was a lifelong member of the Bramwell Elizabeth Bowen Jones United Methodist Church.
Reginald attended the Hemphill Diesel School in New York where he was awarded a certificate in 1940. From 1940 until 1942 he attended Bluefield College and thereafter transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1944. From 1944 until 1946 Reginald served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Oak Ridge, Tenn. where he, along with other engineers and scientists, were responsible for the development of the first Atomic Bomb. After his discharge in 1946 Reginald returned to his hometown of Freeman. His military awards include the American Theater Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal; and a Meritorious Unit Award. Upon his discharge from the Army, Reginald returned to Freeman where he owned and operated a grocery store and a hardware business.
He was a resident of Freeman until 1960 when, with his family, he moved to Lexington, Ky. where he accepted a job with the Lexington Bluegrass Army Depot. Upon retirement in 1980 he returned to his beloved home of Freeman where he lived until his death. He was preceded in death by his father, Mason Sexton, his mother, Bertha Onelia Sexton, and his wife of 25 years, Delila Winifred Shrader-Sexton. After returning to Freeman, Reginald began work on the many projects that would occupy much of his time during retirement. He served on the Bramwell Town Council, Bramwell Public Service District, Mercer County Democratic Club, Shawnee Parkway Association, and the Regional Tourism Research and Development Association.
Survivors: His loving wife, Kathleen Virginia Palco Sexton; his brothers: William "Ray" Calvin Sexton, Frank Thomas Sexton, and Randolph Harman Sexton; his daughters: Joyce Elaine Sexton-Ross, and Linda Irene Sexton Price; his sons: David Royal Sexton and Dennis Douglas Sexton; grandchildren: Stephanie Layne Ross, Christopher Shane Price, and Joe (Joey) Albert Price; his sons-in-law: John Paul Ross Jr. and Joel Rodney Price; his daughters-in-law, Angelina F. Sexton and Judy Lu Sexton.