Thomas Elisha Baxter
May 3, 1920 –
Sept. 4, 2013
Thomas Elisha “T.E.” Baxter was born May 3, 1920 on his grandfather’s farm at the corner of Walnut Grove and Mockingbird, the oldest son of Herman Emory and Jessie Henry Baxter.
He started school at Sardis in 1926 and graduated from Walnut Grove in 1933. He attended Midlothian High School and graduated in 1937. He had planned to go to college but his Dad had a car accident and he had to stay on the farm to help with the crops.
T.E. was drafted in 1941 before the Pearl Harbor attack and entered Camp Walter at Mineral Wells. After training he was shipped to England and served in England, France and Germany where he set up a field hospital. He was discharged in 1945 and returned home.
In January 1947, T.E. married Ruby Mae Boyd and began attending college, where he majored in secondary education history and minored in Bible English, graduating in 1949.
After college they moved to Walnut Springs and he taught school, typing and history. He also drove a school bus, coached seventh and eighth grade football and seventh and eighth grade basketball.
T.E. preached for six months every other Sunday at the Church of Christ in Walnut Springs and after six months the other preacher decided to take a fulltime job at another church and he got the fulltime one at Walnut Springs.
In 1954 he was a charter member of the Walnut Springs Lions Club. The family moved to Midlothian in 1956 and he was a principal and teacher of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades and then a principal of the kindergarten and first grades at Laura Jenkins. He retired from teaching in 1985 but still was very active in the public school system and read to children on a weekly basis.
He was very active in the Midlothian Lions Club and was always at the pancake breakfasts from 1956 to present and served in every office they had.
Sadly Ruby died in October 1981 and T.E. and Ruth Johnson were married on June 18, 1988.
He served in many capacities in the community, President of the Civic Center, PTA, Historical Board, American Legion for 28 years and school system.
T.E. is survived by his wife, Ruth Baxter; sons, Tommy Baxter and wife, Sharon and Keith Baxter and wife, Tammi; grandchildren, Marcus and Kristi, Josh and Erica, Joey and Corinna and Katy and Coryn; great-grandchildren, Grace, Will, Bradon, Eli, Cooper and one on the way; step-sons, Dave Johnson and Steve Johnson.
He truly will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be made to the Midlothian Education Foundation, PO Box 1906, Midlothian, Texas 76065.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at Midlothian Funeral Home with services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Midlothian Church of Christ. Burial will be at Midlothian Cemetery following the service.
Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E, Midlothian, TX, 76065