William Henry Baxter Jr., 93, of Nitro, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, after a long illness. He was born Nov. 25, 1921, on Coopers Creek in Kanawha County, the son of Viola Medley and William H. Baxter.
Bill served his nation in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired with 35 years of service from Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston. He was deacon of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Nitro, where he was active in the Methodist Men and Fellowship Class. Bill was also a 70-year member, 33rd Degree Mason and past Master of Nitro Masonic Lodge No. 170 AF&AM as well as a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
Bill touched the hearts and lives of all who knew him, particularly his family. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 63 years, Helen, and brother, Robert H. Baxter. Bill is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Lynn and Don White of London, Ky., with whom he made his home, and Sheila and Jim Leach of Huntington; brother, Lewis Quay Baxter; sister, Betty Creighton; and sister-in-law, Helen Baxter. He had three grandsons, James Everett Leach III and wife, Stephanie, Dr. Jeremy William Allen and wife, Hailee, and Ryan Baxter Leach; three great-granddaughters, Julianne Olivia Leach, Grier Elizabeth Allen and Brooklyn Elizabeth Leach; one great-grandson, Andrew William Allen; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Nitro. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Mark Smith officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rites will be at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or the building fund for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.
Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, is in charge of arrangements.