Larry Cook of Kerrville has a special place in the hearts of the family of the late Eddie and Donna Paxton. The four Paxton sons have chosen to honor him by naming a scholarship for him and his sister at South Plains College.

The Paxton sons and their families have donated $10,000 to the Board of Directors of the South Plains College Foundation to establish the Donna Cook Paxton Memorial and Larry Cook Honorary Scholarship Endowment.

The scholarship will assist South Plains College students majoring in education.

“Larry was a teacher for many years at West Texas A&M University,” said son Brett Paxton. “He retired and moved to Kerrville about nine or 10 years ago. He taught my wife Rita when she attended West Texas A&M.”

Eddie Paxton was a well-known businessman who served as the President of the Levelland ISD School Board and on the Levelland City Council.

He operated an insurance company from 1955 until 1976 when he started Paxton Real Estate.

Brett joined the family business in 1979 and son Todd came onboard in 1981. They worked with Eddie until he retired in 2000.

Brett (Rita) and his brothers Keith (Patricia) of Levelland and Todd (LeeAnn), both of Levelland, and Micah (Connie) of Lubbock established the scholarships as a lifetime tribute.

The scholarship criteria states that the recipient may be a full-time or part-time student as well as an entering freshman or returning sophomore.

The recipient must be an Education major and preference will be given to applicants with an expressed interest in teaching English.

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