Gary has been a composer and writer his entire life. He lived and breathed music. Gary wrote his first hit song at the age of 16. He has written over 2000 songs, including “Cherry Pie”, “Alley-Oop” and “Monster Mash.” In 1971, while in Nashville, he began his personal relationship with Jesus. In 1999, with the help of Vicki Sue, he moved to Branson. Gary has touched many lives in his career, but the one life he was most thankful for was his own life that was touched by his Lord and Savior.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Vicki Sue Paxton of the home; his children, Gary Dean “J.R.” Paxton of Phoenix, Arizona, Steve S. Paxton of Springdale, Arkansas, Debra Lynn Paxton of Branson, Missouri, Melody Paxton-Waqas of Lehore, Pakistan; Gary Sanford Paxton III and wife Shelby of Columbia, Missouri; Several grandchildren; a brother, Don Paxton and wife Sharon of Bella Vista, Arkansas; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kay Horst.
A "Tribute to Gary S. Paxton" will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hughes Brothers Theatre.