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JT Baxley

JT Baxley died on January 23, 2022 at Camden Clark Hospital.

He was born on February 8, 1928 in Dustin, OK, to the late John Hugh Baxley and Wilma Stringfellow Baxley.

Two years later the family moved to Holdenville, OK where Baxley graduated from Holdenville High School. While in college, he served as junior class president, played football, served on the student council, and served as business manager for the student press. He was also active in Drama, Glee Club, and Boys State where he was chosen as Acting Senate Speaker.

After high school, Baxley joined the military and volunteered for airborne training. He achieved the status of “Senior Parachutist”. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Oklahoma and enrolled in North Eastern A&M, then transferred to East Central College majoring in journalism in both. His college education was interrupted by a recall to active duty.

Baxley applied to Officer Candidate School and received a commission in 1952. He took command of “D” company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division while stationed in Korea, the day he was promoted to first lieutenant. He also commands a heavy mortar company.

He returned to the United States and was given command of “A” Company, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, the same division and battalion to which he had been assigned as a PFC during his enlistment term. He requested and obtained a reassignment to the Far East. He assumed command and full administrative responsibility for a vital engineer supply depot in Seoul.

After ten years of service, he made the difficult decision to return to civilian life. He later resigned his reserve officer commission, rank of captain due to job-related travel requirements.

In 1959 Baxley joined the O. Ames Company, later known as the Ames Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of non-powered garden tools. He becomes a salesman in the Furniture division. In 1963, he was transferred to the tools division. His headquarters was again in Houston. In 1968, he was appointed Marketing Manager and transferred to Parkersburg. In the meantime, he married and had two sons. In 1973, he was named national sales manager, then promoted to vice president of sales. In 1986, he was promoted to senior vice president of sales.

He was a member of 8 associations, including the Hardware Marketing Council, the American Manufacturing Association, the National Lawn and Garden Association, and the National Wholesale Hardware Association.

Baxley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jo Helen Langston Baxley; two sons, John Marcus Baxley and James Gavin Baxley; Two grandsons, Michael James Baxley and Matthew Joseph Baxley and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held March 19, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Pastor Bryson Morlan officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by Parkersburg American Legion Post #15. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army 534 5th Street Parkersburg, WV. 26101

Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com.

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