John Wayne Saxton was born in Norton, Virginia on December 29, 1943, to the late John Saxton and Alice Hutton Saxton. The family resided in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where John graduated from Bland High School in 1962. He enlisted in the US Air Force and upon being honorably discharged from military service was hired as an engineer trainee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working on local projects that included the Brighton Dam reservoir. He was subsequently employed as a bus operator with D. C. Transit, which became the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and prior to retiring as a rail station manager, John’s career with METRO included conducting sightseeing tours as a licensed guide.
He served as a Montgomery County Election Judge for almost 20 years. However, John was best known and most appreciated for his extensive volunteer service as a Board Member, Treasurer and Website Manager for the Military Road School Preservation Trust (MRSPT). A long-time member of Forcey Bible Church, John’s ministry service areas included singing with the Sanctuary and Jubilee Gospel Choirs and, more recently, as a team member of the Forcey Café hospitality ministry. John loved music and even eventual deafness did not deter him from spontaneously playing favorite gospel songs whenever a piano was nearby.
Affectionately known as “Wayne” to many, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Theresa, three children, Wayne Christopher Saxton (Hope), Charmaine Denise Gardner (Keith) and Alicia Nicole Saxton; four grandchildren, Kaiya, Najjah, Brandi and Jalyn; one brother, Arthur Saxton (Genella Kaye); a Sister-in-Law, Patricia A. Tyson, and a host of relatives and friends.