(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)
Burial for Victoria Stephenson Sexton will be held Saturday in Enterprise Cemetery, Clarke County, with the Rev. Jim Wall and Pastor David Gentry officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Victoria Stephenson Sexton, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Hospice in His Hands in Carthage. In her later years she and her husband were residents of Aldersgate Personal Care facility in Meridian.
Born in Booneville on April 21, 1922, she was the daughter of Victor Hugo Stephenson and Laura Wright Stephenson. Victoria grew up in Booneville and Enterprise and graduated from Enterprise High School, and studied at Millsaps College and the University of Alabama.
Victoria entered the world of work at the Stonewall Cotton Mill, and the Flintkote Plant in Meridian, and later became the State Department secretary at the Pentagon during WWII. She worked in the office of General Thomas T. Handy, Chief of Plans and Operations for the European Theatre. Thus she worked with many famous historical figures of the era, and enjoyed seeing history unfold in wartime Washington, DC. She also met her future husband, Kenneth J. Sexton, in the Pentagon; he was an Army staff sergeant there. Both of them were assigned to the War Department General Staff, Operations Division, and both received citations for their professional services to the General Staff. Victoria and Kenneth married in 1946, and lived for a time in Knoxville, Norris and Memphis, Tenn.
After their years in the Pentagon, and after Kenneth finished and undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, the couple in the mid-1950's moved to a house overlooking Clearwater Bay in Florida. Kenneth worked in Florida as a citrus-facility inspector for U. S. Department of Agriculture; Victoria was a housewife and secretary, and together they enjoyed many summer assignments, travelling to various northern states as he was directed by the U.S.D.A. The couple later retired to Meridian, to be near her family. In retirement the Sextons were members of Central United Methodist Church, and enjoyed developing a beautiful flower garden at their home in North Meridian. They also enjoyed travelling the world, and eventually visited scores of countries.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth Stephenson Sexton and his wife, Rebecca Ann (Grant) Sexton, of Morehead, Ky.; granddaughter, Helen Victoria Gentry of Milford, Ohio; great-granddaughter, Victoria Megan Gentry; and a beloved niece, Angela Allen Jones of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Laura Miller Stephenson Allen.
Memorials are invited to benefit the ministry for senior citizens at Central United Methodist Church, 1004 23rd Ave., Meridian, MS 39301.