Lyle Douglas Sexton

by Lynn McMillen
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Lyle Douglas Sexton, 88, passed away on October 8, 2022. He was born on June 9, 1934, in Romeo, Michigan. After high school he joined the army and served as a Pathfinder with the 11th Airborne at Fort Campbell during the Korean Conflict. In 1956, Lyle married Patricia Ligon and started a family. He earned a master’s degree in History from Western Kentucky University.

He began a career as a manufacturing manager in Michigan for a company that produced seat belts for the automotive industry. Later on, he and Patricia relocated to California, where Lyle was a manager for manufacturers of window coverings. By then a beloved grandfather, he coached his grandson Geoff’s Little League teams.

In 1997, Lyle and Patricia moved to Franklin, Tennessee. A history buff, Lyle built the cannon that stands under the covered entrance to the Williamson County Archives and Museum in Franklin.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Patricia; his daughters Kris Sexton, Lynn O’Neill, Anne Sexton, and Karen Sexton; grandchildren Brooke Dwyer, Eric (Brianne) Dwyer, Geoffrey Sexton, and Michaela Hill; and great-grandchildren Penelope Dwyer and twins expected in October. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.


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