DENNIS United States Public Health Service Commissioned Officer, Retired John Sexton was born August 16, 1935 in Watertown, South Dakota. He passed away May 8, 2006. His parents were Emma Marie and Laurel Sexton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James; brothers, James and Robert Sexton; sisters, Jerri Cochrane and Beverly Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Sexton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony C. and Sherrie Sexton, Buford, GA and John Christopher and Ashleighe Sexton, Lawrenceville, GA; and one grandson, Connor Jack Sexton, Buford. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Madonna Sexton of Campbell, California; three sisters, DeEtte Byer, Connie Amy and Betty Jo Fordyce, all of Watertown, South Dakota; Sister-in-law, Bonnie Sexton of Huron, South Dakota; many nieces and nephews. John graduated from High School in Watertown, South Dakota in 1953. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 1961, his Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 1969, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota in 1978. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962, and was a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1964 until his retirement in 1996, assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was a Scientist Director with the rank of Captain. At the time of retirement he was the Chief, Entomology Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases, CDC. From 1980-1982 he was detailed to the U.S. Agency for International Development in Kinshasa, Zaire. During the period 1972-1980 he was the Technical Support Officer for CDC for Savannah and Atlanta. In 1970 and 1971 he was the Chief Malaria advisor for the Malaria Eradication Program in Haiti, and 1966-1968 he was the Regional Malaria Advisor for CDC in the Malaria Eradication Program in Nhatrang, Vietnam. From 1964-1966 he was the Area Superior, Aedes aegypti Eradication Program in St. Petersburg, Florida. He began his career in 1962 as a District Sanitarian for the State of South Dakota. John was fortunate to travel to many foreign countries during his career. These countries included Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, London, Malawi, Guatemala, Swaziland, Geneva, Rwanda, Ecuador, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Zaire, Togo, Senegal, Thailand, Philippines, and Pakistan. In these countries he conducted research on malaria, prevention controls, mortality and morbidity of children. He conducted training courses and assessments of drug sensitivity. He conducted many studies on the effectiveness of impregnated bed nets as a prevention control. He was part of teams that evaluated epidemic malaria situations and assessed malaria parasite sensitivity to drugs. He was also a member of an international team that investigated a cholera epidemic, and a member of a team that implemented control measures of western encephalitis in North Dakota. John was also a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America board for Scout Troop 518 in Buford, GA and in Kinshasa, Zaire. He helped form a soccer league in Zaire, and led the Cub Scouts in Zaire. He loved to play golf and was an avid reader. He was born into the Catholic faith and also attended the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville. He was a member of the Commissioned Officers Association, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, The American Mosquito Control Association, and the American Legion. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 12th, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley & Deacon Jimmy Stewart officiating. Flowers are accepted or those desiring can make memorial contributions to First Baptist Church, Foundations for the Future Fund, P.O. Box 266, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Georgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Pkwy, 400 Northcreek, Ste. 300, Atlanta, GA 30327. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 11th from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550.