Franklin Delano Sexton

May 24, 1933October 25, 2018
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Franklin Delano Sexton 1933-2018

Franklin Delano Sexton, 85, of Pensacola, FL, transitioned from his house on Earth to Heaven on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Gwendolyn Brown Sexton, parents: John Wesley and Verla Holcomb Sexton; brothers: Wilburn, James (Bryce), and Walter Sexton, and sisters: Lorene Moore and Marie Chidgey. Frank will be greatly missed by his sons Franklin Duane Sexton (wife Elizabeth Plant Sexton) and Gregory Scott Sexton (wife Betty Fountain Sexton); grandchildren: Adam Sexton, Bryan Sexton, Natalie Coleman, Micah DeTora-Plant, and Connor Phillips-Plant; brother, Carl Sexton (wife Jean), sister, Pauline Bass; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was a graduate of Brilliant High School; Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College), Bachelor of Arts; George Peabody Teacher’s College (now part of Vanderbilt University), Master of Arts; and the University of Southern Mississippi, Doctor of Philosophy. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy. Frank retired from teaching English in the Escambia County School District, Madison Junior College, Pensacola Junior College (Professor of English), and Troy State University, with combined teaching experience totaling 40 years. Frank was a dedicated member of Gonzalez Baptist Church for 53 years, serving as Music Director for 10 years, and as a choir member, deacon and Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. Frank loved to read books of all genres, do crossword puzzles, keep his yard in pristine condition, and grow beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. He was also an avid fan of University of Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a service. Pallbearers will be Adam Sexton, Bryan Sexton, Connor Phillips-Plant, Joe Coleman, David Fitzpatrick, and Gary Holt. Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Franklin Duane (Elizabeth) Sexton, Son
  • Gregory Scott (Betty) Sexton, Son
  • Adam Sexton, Grandson
  • Bryan Sexton, Grandson
  • Natalie Coleman, Granddaughter
  • Micah DeTora-Plant, Grandson
  • Connor Phillips-Plant, Grandson
  • Mary Gwendolyn Brown Sexton, Wife
  • Wilburn Sexton, Brother
  • James (Bryce) Sexton, Brother
  • Walter Sexton, Brother
  • Lorene Moore, Sister
  • Marie Chidgey, Sister
  • Dr. Sexton also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Adam Sexton
  • Bryan Sexton
  • Connor Phillips-Plant
  • Joe Coleman
  • David Fitzpatrick
  • Gary Holt


  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018

Franklin Delano Sexton

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Betty Sexton

November 1, 2018

Steadfast. That is the word I’d use to describe Frank Sexton.
He was one of those men who did the simple yet necessary things of which many of us grow weary.
This quality of steadfastness was reflected in one of his favorite lifelong hobbies…gardening. He patiently planted, tilled, weeded, watered, then finally harvested his wonderful vegetables year after year. Not only that, but for the pure joy of it (and my joy too) he lovingly nurtured many beds of gorgeous lilies and indoor violets. Day after day he tended his plants, knowing that it was the small, consistent work that produced eventual results, not huge champion, occasional efforts. That is steadfastness.
Frank and I shared the love of literature. Over the years we spent many hours discussing books and authors, he being a wealth of knowledge of anything related to fiction, old and new. He, in fact, was first my English professor before being my father-in-law. While taking his English courses, I felt hard-pressed to earn “As” as I was dating his son.
But, perhaps what I appreciated the most about Frank Sexton, was his love and care for my children especially when they were small. He was a very good Grandpa. He played with them; he read to them; he always wanted to babysit. He loved them freely.
It’s been simple things that he demonstrated in life, like simply being available, being generous and living an unhurried life, that have made an enormous impact and is the very definition of a life well lived.

Priscilla Mimms Nobles

October 30, 2018

I am happy to say that Frank and his lovely wife, Gwen, were great friends at GBC. I recall the great times we had with the choir at Blue Springs Baptist Retreat. Such fun and wonderful singing together! Frank knew his Bible and was a deacon and Sunday School teacher but his great joy was singing in the choir and he was so disappointed when he could no longer participate. He and his wife raised two great sons who were always there when needed. Frank didn't like conflict but he stood up for what he felt was right. The last time I spoke with Frank was a short conversation because he had to feed his cat and his cat was an important pet to him! I'm going to miss him but I know I'll see him in heaven one day--and we'll get to sing in that heavenly choir!

Sheila Ingle

October 29, 2018

Please know of our deepest sympathy.

Sheila and Jeff Ingle
Maryville, TN

Marie Stewart

October 27, 2018

Frank was a wonderful example of a godly man, who loved the lord, music, family, friend, and life itself.
I will miss all those sweet memories of Wednesday’s and Sundays when he would bring delicious veggies from his garden to share with the choir and friends at Gonzalez Baptist Church.
He was one of the last Of the “good guys” I so loved at GBC😇‼️