William Bill Sexson
Published: May 16, 2018
William Hayden "Bill" Sexson born September 18, 1947 in Fayetteville, Arkansas the son of Jack Granville and Catherine Bronson Sexson, died May 12, 2018 surrounded by loved ones in Baton Rouge, La.
On March 2, 1974 he married the love of his life Lawanda Stroud in Alexandria, Louisiana. Their love was one that was incomparable and provided a foundation for their family for years to come. Over the course of their forty five years together they paved their own fairy tale. He was proud of the accomplishments of his wife, daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren.
A 1966 graduate of Leesville High School and a 1974 graduate of Northwestern State University, Bill spent his adult life in the criminal justice field where he began his profession at the Leesville Police Department as the juvenile officer. He loved his time at the LPD, but mostly enjoyed helping the at-risk children he encountered. After his time at LPD he and his family re-located to Fayetteville, Arkansas where he began his career as a United States Probation Officer. During his time in Northwest Arkansas he became known as an expert in Domestic terror as well as Federal guideline sentencing. Upon his retirement from the federal court system as the supervisor of the Federal Probation Office in Lake Charles, La., he completed his master's degree from Louisiana State University. Upon this completion he became a professor of Criminal Justice at SOWELA in Lake Charles. He then took on the role as Associate Criminal Justice professor at his Alma Mater, Northwestern State University where he has been employed for the past 11 years.
Prior to his illustrious law enforcement career and his collegiate life, he served his country in the United States Army after being drafted. He attended basic training at Fort Polk, La. where he had the privilege of receiving his first paycheck from his mother who worked in the finance office. After basic, he was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1975.
He was an avid sports fan. His love for sports knew no bounds but he was particularly fond of his hometown Leesville Wampus Cats, the Arkansas Razorbacks, his Alma Maters Northwestern State & Louisiana State Universities, as well as the Houston Astros. At any time one entered his home there was a guarantee you would talk sports as well as watch a game on the television.
Of all of his life accomplishments, his most important title was being a dad, husband and pawpaw. He was the foundation to his family and instilled in his girls strength, dignity, and self repect. As a father, he encouraged each of his daughters to be the best version of themselves and to never settle for anything short of what they deserved. As a pawpaw he always brought laughter to a situation whatever it was through the quintessential "dad" joke or making up silly songs. He provided bed-time stories and words of encouragement every night while tucking his girls in. As a husband he embodied the idea to love, honor and protect his beloved Lawanda. She was his entire world and every hour of every day his love for her grew stronger. They held hands everywhere they went and their love will never end.
He is preceded in death by his father (Jack), mother (Catherine), father-in-law, (Theodore), mother-in-law, (Dorothy), nephew, Jeremy, his Aunt Milma, and an infant child. He is survived by his "superchick" of 45 years Lawanda, his beloved girls Jacquelyn, Susan, Amanda and Summer, his amazing son-in-laws, Butch Millet, Aaron Arnold, Kenny Hughes and Trevor Peters and his cherished grandchildren, William Burt, Jack Burt, Madison Burt, Mackenzie Millet, Cooper Hughes, Caden Peters, Greysen Millet and Hudson Arnold, his brother Byron Sexson, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in law, and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Leesville High School in his name but most importantly to appreciate loved ones and to give them a hug and a kiss every night.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville, La. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral. Burial will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville Arkansas on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 1 p.m., under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home in Leesville, La. Words of comfort may be expressed to the Sexson Family at www.labbymemorial.com.
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