Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 20, 2014

John Kent Thaxton - 1940-2014

Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel
The Independent

DUBLIN, OH — John Kent Thaxton of Dublin, Ohio, formerly of Ashland, was born Jan. 6, 1940, and lost his battle with leukemia on Thursday, March 20.

He is survived by his wife, June L. Aylor Thaxton of Dublin; a daughter, Mrs. Sheree L. Thaxton Vodicka (Doug) of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Christopher S. Thaxton (Tonya) of Boone, N.C.; grandchildren Candace B. Thompson of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nicholas James Thaxton and Zoe Britt Thaxton, both of Boone; a brother, Michael Reed Thaxton (Karen) of Ashland; and a nephew, Charles Michael Thaxton of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Irwin Thaxton and Elsie Jones Thaxton, both of Ashland.

John graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1965 and subsequently taught in Ashland at Putnam Junior High School and Paul G. Blazer High School. He completed his master’s degree and worked toward his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in organizational development. A licensed real-estate broker in Kentucky and Ohio, John and his partner, Paul Woods, owned Woods & Thaxton Realty, where they sold residential real estate for two years in the Ashland area. John served six years in the U.S. Navy — two years of active duty in the Mediterranean and four years in the Naval Reserves. He attended Dublin Baptist Church.

John retired from the Ashland Chemical Real Estate Department in Dublin in 1998 and subsequently joined Cedar Enterprises in Columbus as real-estate director. In 2006, he retired from Cedar, the owner of several hundred Wendy’s restaurants across the United States.  

A member of the NRA and an avid golfer, John also loved fishing and hunting. In his youth, he enjoyed participating in sports and enjoyed following his beloved UK Wildcats basketball and football. In his retirement, John served a select group of clients as a commercial real-estate consultant through his business, Kent Consulting. John also did volunteer work as a graduate of the 2012 Dublin Citizens Police Academy.  

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland by Pastor Darrel Gabbard. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, where military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy and Kenova American Legion Post 93.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Columbus, Ohio. Visit the website or send donations to 2225 City Gate Drive, Columbus, OH 43219; call (614) 476-7194.

Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.