Paxtin O’Shay Ventris born August 14th, 1998 in Oklahoma City OK, went to be with Jesus on June 16th, 2019 in Cushing OK. Paxtin’s life began like a whirl wind and was supposed to end the same way. He wasn’t supposed to make it the first few hours, then days, then months, then the next couple of years. Finally it was” We don’t know how long Paxtin has. He will be on this earth till he isn’t”. He kept everyone guessing…..something that he loved to do. Paxtin was a joker. He attended Ripley Public School, Class of 2016, in Ripley OK where he met and made lots of friends. He met his best bossom buddy there, Adam. Adam was Paxtin's voice from day 1. Adam always knew what Paxtin wanted. They had their own little language. If Adam didn't want to do it Paxtin didn't either. If Paxtin was ok with it then Adam was to. "P" was for Paxtin, "A" was for Adam, forever and always to this day. We all know there were things that Paxtin couldn’t do. He couldn’t see, he couldn’t walk, or talk very well. He couldn’t do many things other people take for granted every day. What he could do was smile. He could laugh. He could feel unbridled happiness. He could love without condition. He could show his love without ever saying a word. That wasn’t a problem for Paxtin. He could be quiet as a church mouse until you wanted to have a conversation. Then he would yell but only when you tried to talk. If you were quiet so was he. Then he would laugh. He couldn't see but he knew exactly how to trip you. And then would laugh. Only cause he loved you. He would sit and giggle and you knew he was getting ready to do something onry. He could express his love with a look, with a smile, with a yell, or a trip with his foot. Love isn’t only shared through words. Love is much deeper than words. He taught us how to be happy because he took joy in simple things – joy in spending time with his family, joy in listening to his favorite music, or listening to Dragon Tales and Sponge Bob with all the other kids. We could look to him for an example of perseverance and inner strength, as he continued to fight battles in health and limitations that would crush many of us. He showed us what it is to be strong, because strength is not just found in being the biggest, the toughest or the fastest. Strength is found in one who keeps on going, keeps trying, day after day, long after others give up. Strength is found in the tiniest of victories. In this way, he was a hero – just like his mom, Alice, who also kept on going, hour after hour, day after day, through the best times and through the hardest times. They done it together. The love between a mother and son has no limits or boundaries. Paxtin stayed with mom as long as he possibly could. God finally called him home. Paxtin is free of his physical disabilities now. He is flying high above the clouds smiling his beautiful smile and blessing each and every one of us.
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Preceded in death by Grandparents Jake and Julia McKee, Uncle Floyd McKee, Biological Mother Cassie Battles, Grandfather Casey Murray, Great Grandparents Jimmy Dotson and Donna Frame.
Survived by Mother Alice Donaldson and Stepfather John Donaldson of Cushing, 3 Sisters; Alicia McElroy and husband Curtis of Ripley, Angela Leverich and husband John of Ripley, and Ashtin Battles of Glencoe. Stepfather Mike Battles of Glencoe, Grandparents Rodonda and Russell West of Perkins, 2 Uncles; Jerry Murray of Perkins and Jimmy Murray of Perkins, 2 Aunts; Kylee Spearman and husband Nathan of Colorado Springs, and Desiree Toone and husband Tyler of Colorado Springs. 3 Nieces Aspen, Tyler, and Cody. 2 Nephews Wyatt and Jake. And many other Great aunts, uncles, and cousins that loved him dearly. Paxtin will be ready for viewing from 8am-8pm Friday June 21st through Sunday June 23rd at Strode Funeral Home. Special visitation with the family will be held on Sunday June 23rd from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Services will be held on Monday June 24th at 1:30 p.m. at Mehan Union Church, 8300 E 68th Street Stillwater, OK 74074. Serving as pallbearers will be Curtis McElroy, John Leverich Jr, Joe McKee, Junior Bailey, Jake Bailey, and Wyatt McElroy. Services will conclude at the church. Please feel free to visit with the family after the services. If you would like to help the family with the funeral costs, donations can be made to Strode Funeral Home in Paxtin’s name.