Thomas Eugene Paxton, 79, of Cross Lanes, WV,  formerly of Ripley, passed away March 24, 2018, in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center following a brief illness.

He was born April 13, 1938, in Belle, WV, the son of the late William E. and Flossie Lee (Baier) Paxton.  In addition to his parents, his brothers Denver Paxton and Melvin Paxton also preceded him in death.

Tom was a 1961 graduate of DuPont High School, a United States Air Force veteran, a retired supervisor for Century Aluminum, Ravenswood, WV, with 41 years of service and served for 15 years with the West Virginia legislative staff. He was a former member of the Ripley Rotary, a longstanding member of the West Virginia Bowhunters Association, the Elk River Bowhunters Association and the National Rifle Association. Tom was a member and Elder of the Nitro First Presbyterian Church.  He was very active as the head usher, unofficial greeter, and loved cooking with the kitchen crew or manning the church barbeque grill.  In addition to family and close friends, he was loved and respected by many and…HE KNEW HE WAS LOVED!

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, shooting and fishing. He reloaded his own ammunition and handcrafted his wooden arrows. He especially enjoyed attending traditional archery events and hunting and competing with his longbows and recurve bows.  He traveled to several states and Canadian provinces hunting and attending traditional rendezvous.

Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Sharon Burgess Paxton; sons Jeff Paxton and his wife Cindy of Ripley, Jim Paxton and his wife RaDawn of Huntington, and Brad Paxton of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Cason and Landri (the twins), Ricky (Jordann), Rachel and great granddaughter, Sophia.

Service, followed by military honors, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Nitro First Presbyterian Church, with the Reverends David Lee and Jim Walther, and Jean Summerfield, ALP. Tom will be placed at rest in the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, WV. The family will receive guests from 12 noon until time of service at the church.

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