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Reverend Paxton, 75, of St. George

Reverend Paxton, 75, of St. George

Rev. Bernard E. “Bud” Paxton, 75, of St. George, GA died peacefully July 14, 2011 at Hospice of the Golden Isles in Brunswick. Rev. Paxton was born on December 1, 1935 in Galion, Ohio. He was an ordained minister of the Congregation of Holiness Churches, and a member at Woodstock Park Congregation of Holiness Church in Jacksonville. His greatest joy in life was serving God and reading the Bible, with a special interest in Biblical prophecy.

Rev. Paxton was a longtime resident of Baker County before residing in St. George. He retired from JEA after more than 30 years. After his retirement he worked for Advanced Auto Parts of Macclenny for 10 years. Rev. Paxton served in the Navy from 1952-1956 and served several more years in the reserves.

He was preceded in death by parents Mary Frances Smith and James Duane Paxton; and brother James Duane Paxton, Jr.

Survivors include wife Rev. Virginia (Ginger) Paxton of St. George; sons Johnny Duane (Pat) Paxton of Glen St. Mary, Robin Eugene (Karen) Paxton of Palatka, Robert Donald Paxton of Jacksonville; daughter Barbara Paxton of Daytona; sister Minerva June Paxton of Orange Park; and a devoted sister-in-law and caregiver Vickey D. Champion of Macclenny; several stepchildren and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was July 19 at 2:00 pm and officiated by Pastor George Dugger and Rev. Justin Griffis. He was laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Bennett, Daryl Dugger, Steven Dugger, Larry Duncan, Rev. Joseph Hutton, David Nutt, Lamar Parks and Rev. Bill Stearns. Bud will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Giddens-Reed Funeral Home of Baldwin was in charge of arrangements.

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