Campbell said that's when he learned how to play the game.
"He didn't have any kids involved, but he was there for all of us," Campbell said. "I still have a game ball from when we won the league when I was 12. I pitched in the game and he gave it to me and I had him sign it."
Paxton was responsible for most of the organization of St. Albans Western, before the town's two leagues - Western and Eastern - merged. He remained an integral part of the league.
"He was there for the kids," said South Charleston Coach Ken Samms, who coached with Paxton for 10 years. "He would do anything you ask. He organized everything and was there for the community.
"I went with him when my son (Ken Michael Samms) was 6 years old and I stayed with him about 10 years," Ken Samms said. "He ran St. Albans Western. He was the guy. It brings back a lot of memories. We won some championships, had a bunch of different all-star teams.
"I'm sad to see him go. He was a great guy. St. Albans has lost a good one."
There is no service planned but online condolences may be made at www.bartlettchapmanfuneralhome.com.