Philip fell asleep in Christ Jesus on Sunday night July 8th, 2018, at Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida, after a battle with cancer. Philip was 40 years old. He awaits his Lord's soon coming return.
Philip was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Rev. Harold M. Paxton, Jr and Margaret "Peggy" Tate Paxton on November 1st, 1977.
In 1996 he graduated from Northside Christian High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, and went to John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and from where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems with an emphasis in Leadership & Ethics. He started his career in high school working for Chick-fil-A. Following his graduation from John Brown University, he worked in Program Planning and Control at Honeywell Aerospace. From there he worked for Cobham as a Division Business Change Lead then became a Continuous Improvement Manager -EID for Cobham plc. In 2013 he became a Director of Continuous Improvement and in 2015 he became Director a Director of Process Improvement. In 2017 left Cobham plc and went to work for Smiths Interconnect as Senior Project Manager. Phil greatly enjoyed his work experience. He had deep respect for his bosses and the people with whom he worked and shared his life. He wrote of the gift of working for an international company saying, "I was blessed with a job at an international company that required long trips to places far from Florida. I saw and experienced things I had never even dreamed of seeing. I took advantage of the opportunity and saw as much as possible, always taking my camera along so I could share those places with friends and family." On those trips, he felt privileged to meet so many different people in the world from hotels to churches he attended when away from his home church in Kenneth City, Florida.
Philips was a man of many passions. One of his main passions was photography which you can experience at www.sockmonkeyblue.com. In his own words, "the power of the camera to capture and convey so much in a single static image took hold of me and I haven’t put it down since." Traveling was a great joy to him and he would frequently plan trips with his big brother, Hal, who he wanted to experience the wonders of God's world as he had seen them. He loved drama and participated in productions in high school and college. For many years he directed Christmas plays for his church and the annual talent night. He loved all things Charlie Brown, horses, Great Britain, and especially his dog, Amy.
Philip was a man of faith in Jesus Christ, who walked his talk. That walk led him to be generous with people and causes. He was involved at every level in his church, the Advent Christian Church of Kenneth City, where he was the worship leader. He also led three mission trips to Mexico, Tennessee, and Florida that greatly impacted his spiritual growth. For many years he worked with the youth, the mentoring/tutoring program, and assisted in helping the elderly in the community by doing yard work and home repair. He built his home with the achieved purpose of opening it for fellowship with his church family and friends. When called upon to fill in for his father in the pulpit he would share the message that God had given him for the church. Philip saw the hand of God in everyone and valued them because he knew that Jesus had suffered crucifixion and death for them. His committed faith dictated all his decisions in life. He desired that everyone would come to know Christ Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. He ran the race, as the Apostle Paul would write, fervently to the end and finished his course winning the prize.
He is survived by his loving parents, Rev. Harold M. Paxton, Jr. and Peggy Tate Paxton, and his loving brother, Harold "Hal" M. Paxton, III; his Uncle Rev. Barry Joe and Janie Tate; his Aunt LaVerne Hileman; his Aunt Karin Persinger; and numerous cousins.
A Celebration of Life Service is being held Saturday, July 14th, 2018, at 1 pm, at Northwest Presbyterian Church, at 6330 54th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33709. After the service, there will be a fellowship time at Philip's church: Advent Christian Church of Kenneth City, 5800 58th Street North, Kenneth City, Florida, 33709. The entrance to the church is west of 58th Street on 58th Avenue. In lieu of flowers, we are asking people to donate to his church where he spent so much time, finances, and efforts ministering to and helping others.