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Dentist killed in motorcycle wreck

Jared Felkins • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

A Lebanon dentist was killed in a motorcycle wreck Friday night in Lebanon.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Dr. Steven Thaxton, 62, of Lebanon, died after his 1994 Harley Davidson ran onto a shoulder and hit some gravel while going around a curve on Hickory Ridge Road. Troopers said he lost control of the motorcycle and ran off the right side of the road. Thaxton was traveling west at 4555 Hickory Ridge Road near the Bonnie Valley Drive intersection when the wreck happened.

The accident happened just before 9:30 p.m. Thaxton was wearing a helmet.

Thaxton was a dentist in Lebanon for 35 years. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church, president of the Lebanon Flying Club, an FAA-certified flight instructor and certified flight instructor of instruments. Both he and his son, Paul, were Eagle Scouts. He was also chairperson for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital bicycle rodeos and served on several other civic committees.

He and his wife, Brenda, were married for 38 years and had two children, including a daughter, Stefanie. 

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