Baxter was born December 25, 1944 in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in Sparta, NC and Johnson City, TN. He was the son of Duke and Virginia Bledsoe who preceded him in death along with his stepfather, Johnny Lucas and nephew Douglas Bledsoe.
From 1963 to 1969, Baxter served his country in the United States Air Force.
In 1974, Baxter and his wife Tobie, along with their four children, moved to Jonesborough. Baxter retired from Sears Roebuck and Company with 25+ years and was Jonesborough’s first state-certified Building Inspector.
Baxter is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Tobie and children, Billy (Jennifer), Virginia “Sissy” (Edward Mattie), Maria, and Jonathan (Stacy). Like their father, all four children service in the military. Baxter is also survived by his siblings, William Byron Bledsoe (Betty), DC Bledsoe, and Jane Davidson as well as a family of nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close and wonderful friends.
Visitation for friends and family will be Monday, September 25, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 201 E. Main Street in Jonesborough, TN. Following the visitation, Dr. James Harrison will conduct a memorial service at 7:00 PM.
Military graveside honors will be conducted at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, TN at 10:00 AM the following Tuesday morning. The Greene County Honor Guard will provide military honors.
Condolences may be sent to the Bledsoe family online at www.dillow-taylor.com
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821