Dr. O.S. (Sib) Sexton, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Morristown on January 27, 2022. Dr. Sexton was born on February 27, 1936, to Oswell and Rema
Sexton in Low Gap/ New River inScott County, Tennessee. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1953 where he enjoyed playing football and basketball. He then attendedTennessee Tech University in Cookeville before transferring to Dental School at UTCHS Memphis.
It was there in Memphis where he met his lifelong “bride”, Agnes Wrye from Miami,
Florida. They were married on October 5, 1957 at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, before graduating in March of1958. Dr. Sexton worked as a civilian dentist at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi,Mississippi before moving to Morristown in February 1959. Dr. Sexton practiced dentistry for 46 years before retiring in April of 2004.
Through the years, Dr. Sexton was involved in many areas of community life in
Morristown. He was a former Jaycee, Gideon and Rotarian and served on the
Hamblen County School Board from 1972 to 1984. For many years, he served on the Board of Life Outreach Center Resources in Jefferson City.
He was an enthusiastic sports fan who enjoyed football and basketball and often attended UT, Carson-Newman and high school games. He cheered on his children and grandchildren in whatever sport they pursued and coached both of his son’s on church softballs teams well into his 50’s. After his niece led the UT Lady Vols to their first national championship in 1987, he was hooked on women’s college basketball. He and Agnes loved to take friends and family with them to watch the Lady Vols in Knoxville and traveled to various NCAA tournament locations on occasion.
Sib loved East Tennessee. He really enjoyed growing up in Scott County and spoke fondly of the farm and all that they got up to as children. Even though he had the opportunity to travel to a number of countries and all 50 states, he was always happy to call Morristown home and said there was no where else in the world that he’d rather live.
A very active father and grandfather, Sib attended numerous sporting events but also plays, musicals, recitals and anything else that a family member was involved in to be a support and cheer them on. He was delighted to have 22 grandchildren (2 more than his father!) and 8 great grandchildren.
More than sports and even family, Sib’s driving passion was toknow Jesus Christ and to pursue a personal relationship with Him. This relationshipled him to serve in the church as a deacon, trustee, home group leader, elder, andbi-vocational pastor. He always was excited about what the Lord was doing, which led him to travel and attend many conferences. He always loved visiting churches and usually took a child or grandchild along too. He was a loving father and grandfather, whose heart’s desirewas to see others fulfill their personal destiny in Christ.
In later years, he saw himself as an intercessor and prayed daily for all of his family and for many friends as they came to mind. Those prayers were often followed up with a phone call and a friendly chat. He was always positive, giving an encouraging word and asmile, as he never met a stranger.Gone from earth, but more alive than ever in Heaven with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Sib was preceded in death by his son, Doug Sexton and parents, Oswell and
Rema Sexton, parents in law Ralph and Ruby Wrye, brothers in law Charles Wrye, RobertTallent and recently Danny Williams.
He is greatly missed by his children Suzanne (Max) Cook, Dr. Greg (Connie) Sexton of Morristown, Sharon(Justin) Wood of Harpenden, England, and daughter in law Alison Sexton Roberts of Knoxville. Grandchildren Emily(Jared) Reitnauer of Walla Walla, WA; David(Jennifer) Cook, William(Tabitha) Cook of Morristown; Rebecca(Bradley)Pruitt of Washburn, Richard Cook of Chattanooga, Thomas(Nancy) Cook of Johnson City, Samuel Cook of Knoxville, Catherine Cook of St. Louis, MO, Philip and Michael Cook of Morristown. Nolan(Rebecca) Sexton of Morristown, Gabe Sexton of Nashville, Kelli and Ian Sexton of Morristown. Grant (Emma) Sexton of Washington, DC; Ethan(Emma) Sexton, Trevor (Shannon) Sexton, Jillian, Spencer, and Leah Sexton of Knoxville. Finley and Rory Wood of Harpenden, England. Great grandchildren Adelle, Celia and LukeReitnauer.Amaryllis, Violet and Iris Cook. Leeland Sexton and Fern Sexton. SiblingsDr.Curtis (Carol) Sexton of Rocky Top, TN, Kay Tallent of Vonore, Dr. Ray O. (Courtney) Sexton ofMemphis, Dwight(Jane) Sexton of Farragut, Rachel Williams of Dalton, GA.Brother in law Major Ralph R. (Chris) Wrye, Ret. of Longwood, FL, sister in law Paula Wrye of Jacksonville, FL and numerous much loved nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
A private family burial was held on January31, 2022 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens led by his son, Greg. Pallbearers were grandsons William, Richard, Thomas, Samuel, Grant, Ethan and Ian. Westside Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July 30,2022 at 3pm atManley Baptist Church (old auditorium) in Morristown. The family will receivefriends both before the service from 1-3pm and after at a reception in the church fellowshiphall. Friends and family may come at their convenience.
Memorial donations may be made to Serenity House/Friends of Hospice Morristown, Hope and Thrive Academy(HTA) Morristown, Life Outreach Center Resources, Jefferson City, or Isaiah 117 HouseHamblen County. Arrangements by Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown.