Alfred Thaxton and Bee Thaxton obituaries (Burley, Idaho)

From the Twin Falls Times-News, 23 Mar 2001:

Alfred Thaxton
79-year-old Burley resident passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 21, 2001, at the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls. He was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Heyburn, the son of Stephen Williamsen and Signora Hansen Thaxton. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Heyburn High School in 1939. He attended college at Idaho State University and the University of Idaho. On July 22, 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, Bee Higley, in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. They raised three children, one girl and two boys, and spent 59 wonderful years as friends and sweethearts. Alfred will be missed by his church and community as well as by his family and friends. Over the years he shared his time, his talents and his heart with many. In 1942, he served his country as co-pilot of a B17 in World War II. He remained in the USAF reserves and retired a Lt. Colonel in 1972. Because of his love for country and those who served it, he has recently been the Mini-Cassia Veterans Service Officer — a job he loved doing. He was always active in church and community affairs. He is past president of the Community Concert Association. He served nearly two terms as city councilman — which he also really enjoyed. Al was active in other community affairs as a result of his privately owned paint contracting business and his retail store. A great deal of his service was through his church and with the Burley Lions Club of which he held the office of president, zone chairman of District 39W and Deputy District Governor. He was rewarded for his great service when he was recently honored by the Lions, receiving the distinguished Melvin Jones Fellow Award, “for dedicated humanitarian services.” From the time he was a little boy in grade school until his passing, Al has always loved music and the arts. He graced hundreds of weddings, funerals, choirs and concerts with his powerful tenor voice. He played the drums in several bands — one of which some of you may have danced to. He also loved to play the violin. As a father, friend and associate Al was an example of hard work, punctuality, responsibility and straightforward integrity, having acceptance and compassion for all. Alfred worked hard, overcame much, gave with love and succeeded with courage and strength. We will all miss his great influence in our lives. “We love you dearly, husband, father, and friend!” Survivors include his forever sweetheart and wife, Bee Thaxton of Burley; a daughter, Patricia Al Clark Naylor of Draper, Utah; two sons, Gerald Burt Thaxton of Burley and Stephen Craig Patricia Thaxton of Salt Lake City, Utah; a sister, Irma Ray Bailey of Heyburn; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Leland, Leonard, James, Marion and Elden Thaxton; a sister, Manita Hathaway and his beloved daughter-in-law, Marilyn Beecher Thaxton. Alfred’s wife and children wish to thank all of our family, friends and associates for their fellowship, their love and their concern. We also want to thank his doctors and the nurses and staff of Magic Valley Regional Medical Center for their compassionate care during his recent determined and courageous battle with congestive heart failure and at his passing. Thank you, and may God bless all of you. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Burley West Stake Center, 2420 Parke Ave., with Bishop Steven C. Pearson officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call at the Payne Mortuary, 221 W. Main St. in Burley on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and at the church from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral on Monday.



From National Obituary Archive (, obituary of Bee Thaxton, widow of Alfred Thaxton (03 Oct 1921-21 Mar 2001) of Burley, Idaho:

BEE THAXTON Burley – Bee Thaxton, 85 year old Burley resident, quietly left this earthly life on the evening of Thursday, June 22, 2006, at the Warren House in Burley. She was born January 5, 1921, in Hooper, Utah, the daughter of Lee Ellis and Raymond Marie Higley. Bee was christened Bertha Belle (to her dismay) but preferred to be called, Bee. In about 1928, her family moved to Paul to raise beef cattle. She graduated from Heyburn High School in 1939. She has been planning and implementing Class of ‘39 reunions ever since, with the exception of the last few years. In 1942, Bee married Alfred Thaxton, her high school sweetheart ( who was “the boy next door”), and they spent 59 years as loving companions and true friends. They moved to Moscow to attend school, but were only there a short time when Al went off to World War II. While they were separated by war, Bee gave birth to their daughter, Patricia. Bee and Al moved to Burley in 1946, and there they had two boys, Gerald and Craig. Bee enjoyed a variety of activities and service. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed reading and participating in the Cameo Club. She loved to entertain her Bridge Club and Dinner Club. Bee worked in her church in many capacities, her favorite ones being; teaching the Primary children and the young women in MIA. Bee loved the arts and was a great support to the Community Concert and a member of the Fine Arts Foundation. Bee did a little painting and needle work and was talented in home decorating. She loved flowers and her yard and fixing up her home. Bee spent several years working with Al in their painting and decorating business, and later she worked for Ropers Clothing store, from which she retired. Bee`s greatest virtue was her kind heart and her unconditional love. She was an elegant, classy, sensitive and gentle lady. She will be missed by many, especially her family. We love you, Mom and are proud of the legacy you left us! Bee is survived by: her daughter, Patricia (Clark) Naylor of Draper; two sons, Gerald Thaxton of Burley and Craig (Patricia) of Salt Lake City, Utah; her beloved sister, Naomi Lynch of Burley; and her brother, Lee Ellis Higley of Heyburn; seven grandchildren and their spouses; fifteen great grandchildren; and four step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her dear husband, Al, on March 21, 2001; a cherished daughter-in-law, Marilyn Thaxton; two sisters, Marcene Hacking and Evona Duff; and two brothers, Albert Higley and Wallace Higley. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Burley West Stake Center, 2420 Parke Avenue, with Bishop R. Scott Bray, officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call at the Payne Mortuary, 221 West Main Street in Burley, on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and at the church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral on Wednesday.

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