Bobby McKinley Sexton, of Niceville, Florida, passed away March 9, 2022 at the age of 71.
Bobby was born September 4, 1950 to B.W. and Ruth Sexton in Calhoun, Georgia. Throughout his childhood his family was stationed around the world but ultimately ended up in Niceville, where his love for the saxophone began. He attended Niceville Senior High School and was a proud member of the marching band and The Kicks. Graduating in 1968, he would spend the next decade traveling around the country in the rock ‘n’ roll business, writing, playing and contributing to music. He settled down in the Atlanta area for a few years and then moved to Niceville with his young daughter. He continued to play in bands until becoming an electrician in 1994 and became the owner and operator of Bob’s Electric and would go on to work for Northwest Florida State College until retirement age. He then moved to Defuniak Springs Florida where he enjoyed a simple way of life, finding peace and quiet and pure happiness.
Bobby is survived by his only child Aubrey, and her husband Christopher Taylor, son-in-law David Beard and his grandchildren David McKinley, Devin John, and Madison Elizabeth Beard, as well as his loving sister, Bleeka Traczyk, nephew Thomas Traczyk and wife Jean and their children, and his niece Kimberly and husband Michael Hackbarth and their children.
Bobby McKinley Sexton was here. He will forever be remembered and can never be replaced. He thought of himself as more of a philosopher than musician,he spent his life trying to explain the world through music and did so, leaving his family and friends more enriched for knowing him. He left this world a more beautiful place than he found it. We will forever be grateful for the best Daddy and Big Daddy (grandfather) anyone could ask for.
The family will have a private celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to savethemusic.org or a local music charity of your choice.
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