Kenneth Bryan Sexton Sr.
September 15, 1922 – September 30, 2019
Kenneth Bryan Sexton, Sr., 97, of Raleigh, North Carolina entered his Eternal Home with the Lord Jesus on Monday, September 30, 2019.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 4th, at White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary. The family will receive friends following the service in the Christian Life Center. Interment will be private for the family.
Kenneth was born on September 15, 1922 in Enfield, North Carolina, the son of the late Thomas Edison Sexton and Ann Juanita Cooke Sexton of Enfield. He was the youngest of seven children.
After graduating from Enfield High School, Kenneth attended Mars Hill College. Kenneth is a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the Air Corps during World War II. After the war, Kenneth married “the most beautiful woman he had ever seen”, Rosamond Pope Critcher, his high school sweetheart. The two moved to Raleigh where Kenneth attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in forestry.
Kenneth soon felt the call of God on his life for ministry. He graduated from Duke Divinity School in Durham and entered the Methodist Ministry within the North Carolina Annual Conference. Kenneth, with Rosamond by his side, served 13 different churches across eastern North Carolina for over 50 years. During his years as a Methodist minister, Kenneth truly loved and enjoyed every congregation he had the privilege to pastor and felt honored to be a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Kenneth will always be lovingly remembered and cherished by his friends and family for his sweet spirit, quick wit, and happy heart. To be in his presence always felt like a celebration of life and God’s goodness! He welcomed everyone who walked through his door with joyful greetings and filled the house with the sound of happy songs and jingles.
In addition to his parents and siblings, Kenneth was preceded in death by his precious wife of 74 years, Rosamond.
He is survived by a son, Rev. Bryan Sexton, Jr. and his wife, Pattie of Goldsboro; two daughters, Rosamond Edna Sexton of Raleigh and Martha-Duke Ormond, and her husband, Herb, of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Felt Hairr and his wife, Janice, Meredith Groves and her husband Marshall, Rose Watson-Ormond and her husband, Kemp, Catherine Lukacs-Ormond and her husband, Andy, Anna Shelton-Ormond and her husband, Charlie, Anna Megan Smith and her husband, Henrik, and Bryan Sexton, III; seven great-grandchildren, Katie Groves, Michael Groves, Audrey Hairr, Savannah Hairr, Levin Watson-Ormond, Elowen Watson-Ormond, and Madeline Smith; three sisters-in-law, Onita Sexton, Cotty Potter, and Anna Benson; 2 nieces and 2 nephews and their spouses and children.
The children of Kenneth would like to recognize and give special thanks to their cousin, Martha Potter, who has often lovingly helped with their father; family friend, Ruby Norris, who has faithfully loved and cared for their father over the last several years; family friend, Marlene Huff, who has been called upon for much advice; and the very wonderful caregivers of Aware Senior Care who have given consistent, excellent weekend care for over two years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Strides for Savannah), 7101 Creedmoor Road, Suite 130, Raleigh, NC 27613 or White Plains United Methodist Church Congregational Care Ministry, 313 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511.
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
- Memorial Service Friday, October 4, 2019
Kenneth Bryan Sexton Sr.
October 7, 2019
Rev. Sexton was a wonderful man that I admired and love greatly. He was the reason I became a Methodist and joined First United Methodist Church in Hamlet 42 years ago. My prayers are with his family.
October 3, 2019
I am the youngest son of Abner Daniel Sexton Sr., Brother of Kenneth's Dad, Tom. My Condolences to his family and friends.
T. Carl Owen
October 3, 2019
My dad was a good friend and pastor in Christ with Rev Kenneth Sexton. Travis W. Owen. He thought a lot of Rev.Kenneth.My Mom past away Oct 28,2016 and dad Pasted Oct.19, 2018. My thoughts and prayers are with the( your) Saxton family at this time. I saw where Rev. Sexton was 97. Rev. Owen ( dad) was 91. They both were surely blessed and blessed a lot of people in there life here on earth.
October 2, 2019
I will forever be grateful to God for sending His humble servant, Kenneth Sexton, to Westover Methodist Church. He gently led a whole flock of us (lambs and all) into a relationship with Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that we had never truly known before. He was a Shepherd Pastor, leading, not herding, always full of grace as we grew in knowledge of God's Word and awareness of the callings God had on each of us. We were young in age and in Christ Jesus. All these years later, now in a senior season, this same flock still walks steadily with Christ, still in fellowship, supporting one another, loving and cherishing solid friendships established first under this Pastor, Kenneth Sexton. May God comfort his precious family and be with us all until that day we are HOME, as Kenneth is this moment. Thank you, Jesus.
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