Marion Lee “Butch” Mixon, 76, died Jan. 12, 2020 at his home in Copperas Cove.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 at Clear Creek Baptist Church, 3350 FM 2657 in Kempner. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. Scott’s Funeral Home of Copperas Cove has charge of arrangements.
Butch was born on April 11, 1943, the eldest of nine children born to the late Vester Morgan Mixon Sr. and Myrtle Lucille Brinkley Mixon.
He and Patsy Jean Brewer married on Sept. 1, 1967 in Wichita Falls.
While in the military over 27 years – the U.S. Air Force 1960-1964 SAC Grand Forks, North Dakota; U.S. Army 1965-1987 – he saw assignment in the United States, Germany, Korea and two tours in Vietnam 1st Cav 65-66, 101st 68-69, attaining the rank of command sergeant major and numerous military awards.
His assignments included special missions most of his Army career, which included assignment to all three Airmobile Divisions 11th Air Assault/1st Cav Airmobile Division/ 101st Airborne, CH-47 training units at Fort Sill (154th Avn.) and Fort Benning (177th/205th Avn.). Fort Benning also included flying duties as a flight engineer on one of two CH-47 helicopters supporting the United States Army Executive Flight Detachment (Army One) for the Nixon Administration, nuke security units in Germany (205th Avn.) and Fort Carson (179th Avn.), with later assignment to the United States Army Executive Flight Detachment (Army One) supporting the Ford Administration, until the unit was deactivated with total mission given to Marine One in 1976, 1st U.S. Army Advisor to United States Army Reserves units assigned to the Fort Meade Flight Facility, 1st sergeant of half-American/ half-Republic of Korea Army unit in Korea (117th Avn), 1 Sgt. C Company 34th Support 6th Cav Brigade), USASMA Fort Bliss, 1st Sgt. B Troop and HHT 2/1 Cav Fort Lewis, Washington., CSM 502nd Avn BN. Fort Hood, with final assignment as the CSM of 2AD Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood.
Upon retirement from the military, he was employed by DynCorp from 1988-2004, working as an aircraft mechanic, aircraft inspector, aircraft lead, production control manager and quality control manager. Duties with DynCorp allowed him to continue his love of flying as a flight engineer on his beloved 47s and crew chief on UH-1s in several states and Egypt.
Butch was preceded in death by his sisters Cynthia Ann Mixon Beam and Rosland Gail Mixon; brothers Vester Morgan Mixon Jr. and Rusty Ray Mixon; sistersin-law June Brewer and Karen Brewer O’Malley; and brothers-in-law Virgil Lee Brewer, Marlin Ranze Allison Sr. and Jerry Goeringer.
Butch is survived by his wife, Patsy Jean Brewer Mixon; son, Jesse Morgan Mixon; daughters Melody Lynn Rowe and husband Kevin, and Marian Lea Mixon Johnson and husband Glenn; grandchildren Genny Rayfield, Tony Lugo and wife Amanda Trubee, Amy Johnson Blackburn, Morgan Mixon Surratt and husband Toby, Mandy Mixon and Brady Rowe; brother, Arvil Ray Mixon I; sisters Beverly Joyce Mixon Hill, Sandra Kay Mixon Scott and husband Earl, and Melinda Francinn Mixon Ketchum; and brothers-in-law Donald Leroy Beam, and Jesse Van Brewer and wife Kay; sistersin-law Mary Laddie Brewer Goeringer, Ada Darlene Green Brewer and Jackie Jensen Mixon; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be made to Home for our Troops at 866-787-6677 or hfotusa.org.