Kanawha Lodge #20 will perform a Masonic graveside service for the deceased
Bro. Robert E. Saxton, Sr., tomorrow, Monday, 4/12/10, at Spring Hill
Cemetery in Charleston at 2:00 p.m.
I would suggest that we meet at the cemetery office no later than 1:30 p.m.
and proceed from there to the grave site. Please make every effort to
attend. There are places in this cemetery that are very steep and we ‘old
men’ cannot carry very far up or down a hill.
For those coming in via the interstate exit at Exit 100 to Washington Street
East, left onto Washington and go two blocks to Morris Street. Left onto
Morris to Piedmont Road. Right onto Piedmont and then another right onto
Farnsworth Drive. Farnsworth will take you over the Interstate and into the
cemetery and you will see the office not too far into the cemetery.
We will need lots of help, please try to attend.
Vaughn Shafer, Master
Subject: Saxton obit
No local church service.
Robert E. Saxton Sr., 87 year-old resident of Brandermill Woods Retirement
community died April 8, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital, Midlothian, Va.,
after a short illness. Born in Handley, W.Va., to parents, Edna (Matics) and
Everett Saxton, he married Jo Ann (Rader) on December 30, 1944, with whom he
recently celebrated a 65 year wedding anniversary. His sister, Helen
(Pitsenberger); and brother, Paul, predeceased him.
Mr. Saxton was a Navy pilot during World War II and flew a Navy Hellcat off
carrier USS Lexington in the Pacific. Returning to West Virginia after his
tour of duty, he spent his 40 year career in coal management throughout West
Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He was recognized on the May ’84 cover
of Coal People as having the “right stuff”. He ended his coal career as
President of Triple Elk Horn Coal Company in Prestonsburg, Ky.
He was a 50+-year member of the Kanawha Lodge #20 and the Bene Kedem Shrine
in Charleston, W.Va.
His wife, Jo Ann, said, “There are many things he considered important, but
the ones he held most dear were his family, his service to his country, and
the West Virginia Mountaineers”.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Carolyn (Bill Gregory); son,
Bob Jr. (Katrina); grandchildren, Jay Rickey (Leslie), Leigh Ann Drevs
(John), Kent and Molly Saxton; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at
Brandermill Church, where he was a member. Graveside service will be held at
2 p.m. Monday at Springhill Cemetery in Charleston, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Brandermill Church,
4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112 or to the Scholarship Fund of
Brandermill Woods Retirement.