Cecil Donald (Don) Sexton, of Winter Park, Florida passed away on his 82nd birthday at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs after a valiant fight against dementia.
Don leaves his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Lettie Coker Sexton, his daughters Carina Graham and Chanel Sexton Boveri: his brother Malcomb Sexton: the grandchildren he adored Alexandria Chanel Graham, Jesse (Trip) Eugene Graham III, Joseph (Joey) Francis Boveri, Jr. Wakefield Coker Graham and his son in law Joseph Francis Boveri, Sr., M.D.. Brother Kenneth Sexton predeceased him.
Born in Tampa, Florida, on December 27th, 1934 to Virgil and Dorothy Sexton. He began his lifelong retail career selling citrus door to door from his little red wagon. As a child, he was an active member of Seminole Heights Methodist Church. He graduated from Hillsborough High School. Then Jacksonville University, where he was a member of Green Key and president of Phi Delta fraternity.
Upon graduation, he was employed by Ivey’s department store for 27 years. He became Senior Vice President of the Florida stores. Upon retirement, he was the owner of the Downeast Orvis store on Park Avenue in Winter Park.
Don was a Mason and a Rotarian. He was an active member of both the Jacksonville and Orlando communities. He was President or Riverside Avondale Preservation Association: Chairman of the Channel 7 Auction: a member of the Civic Theater and Lock Haven Art Center: President of PESO (Participation Enriches Science and Arts Organization): and President of the Park Avenue Merchants Association.
Don’s greatest joy came from his interaction with others. He loved the time he spent with his customers. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday January 7th, 2017 3pm at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park.
In lieu of flowers the family please asks that donations be made in Don’s name to the Orlando Museum of Art or to the United Methodist Church or Winter Park.