Paul R. Paxton, 79, Realtor, veteran

March 04, 2004

Paul R. Paxton, a retired Realtor and longtime Lutherville resident, died of pneumonia Feb. 25 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 79.

Born and raised in Chester, Pa., Mr. Paxton served during World War II with the Army Air Forces in England. He inspected and performed maintenance on P-47 fighter planes.

After the war, he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor's degree in 1950.

He began his business career with Sun Oil Co. in Marcus Hook, Pa., and transferred to Baltimore in 1959. After leaving the company in the 1960s, he earned his real estate license and worked for several companies, including Russell T. Baker and Coldwell Banker, until retiring in 1998.

Mr. Paxton enjoyed spending summers in Ocean City, N.J., playing his harmonica and flower gardening.

He was a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Mr. Paxton is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Jane Kelly; a son, Paul R. Paxton Jr. of Abingdon; three daughters, Laurie J. Paxton of Lutherville, Robin Paxton McCullough of Baldwin and Marion E. Paxton of New York City; a sister, Mary Rohrbach of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

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