|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1933|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 2012|
KENNETH BAXTER, 79, of "Baxterville" in the Forest Chapel community, passed from this life Tuesday September 25, 2012 at the Lewisville Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 29, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Ron Apple officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Ken was born January 19, 1933 in Lockesburg, Arkansas, a son of Charles Turner and Annie Lee Tollett Baxter. His family moved to Lamar County and he attended Powderly schools before he entered the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He was the owner of Denton Drive Lumber Company in Dallas, retiring back to Lamar County in 2003. He and his wife owned the Bar Nothin' Ranch, where they raised and sold horses. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Through Christian Services of the Southwest his family fostered many children. There was always an "open door policy" at the Baxter household; anyone was welcome, day or night.
Ken married Wanda Smith on August 3, 1952 in Hope, Arkansas, and together they shared sixty years of memories.
He was preceded in death by his mother Annie and his father Charles Baxter; his step-mother, Tiny Baxter; and by a very special uncle, Buddy Baxter.
Survivors include his wife Wanda; a son, Michael Baxter and wife Sherry, of Carrollton; two daughters, Katrina Muzalewski and husband Ken, of Carrollton and Teresa Gail Landreth and husband Kevin, of Lewisville; seven grandchildren, Jason Baxter and wife Julie, Lauren Baxter, Brian Land, Kristen Slack and husband Corie, Kaitlin Loftis and husband Dewel, Tucker Landreth and Jentry Landreth; two great-grandchildren, Aviana Slack and Aria Slack; a brother, Dwayne Baxter; three sisters, Linda Lay, Barbara Baxter and Maria Baxter; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Casey and Lottie Smith; a sister-in-law, Linda Portell and husband David; a brother-in-law Billy Smith and wife Carol; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Named to serve as pallbearers are Michael Baxter, Jason Baxter, Brian Land, Tucker Landreth, Ronnie Smith, Donnie Smith and Greg Smith.
In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions to Christian Services of the Southwest, 6320 LBJ Freeweay, Suite 122, Dallas, Texas 75240
Forest Chapel Cemetery
Created by: Carol Pagitt Hammack
Record added: Sep 28, 2012
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