Arvid Padgett

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Arvid Padgett was born September 3, 1924, to Alma and Cleve Padgett. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the age of 91. His home going service will be on Monday, March 21, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville at 11 a.m. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Bert Breland, the Rev. Dr. Derek Staples and the Rev. Fred Taylor. A committal service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens following the service. The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. today, March 20, 2016, in the Welcome Center of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville and one hour prior to the service on Monday. He is survived by his two daughters, Carolyn Padgett and Sharon Padgett, both of Jacksonville; one brother, Thomas Padgett and his wife, Dorothy, of Jacksonville; his adopted grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Greg, Amanda, Ellie and Elyse Bonds of Alexandria; his adopted daughters, Jan Case, Judy Glass and Pam Smith all, of Jacksonville; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, several cousins and his three loving dogs, Cammie, Sadie and Abbie. He is also survived by the family's adopted college student, Lisa Penny Tucker, from Huntsville who has continued to be a part of his family. He is preceded in death by his wife, Nelle Padgett and his parents, Alma and Cleve Padgett. He was employed by Southern Natural Gas Company for 34 years. He began his career in DeArmanville as a maintenance worker and operator. He transferred to the Gallion Compressor Station as a Second Operator. Later he was promoted to First Operator and Shift Supervisor. In 1972 he moved to the Louisville, MS Compressor Station where he was the Master Mechanic. His final move with the company sent him to Enterprise, Miss., as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Maintenance. He retired in February, 1983. He was a man of Bible study and prayer. He started each morning with the dogs at his side while he drank his coffee and read his Bible. He served as a deacon in several churches in Alabama and Mississippi. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville for 33 years. During that time he served as a deacon and as a member of the Properties Committee. In 1986 he was recognized by First Baptist Church of Jacksonville as their Baptist Man of the Year. He was an avid gardner and was featured in an article in the Anniston Star in 1991. He loved to grow almost anything and rarely found a plant he didn't like. His gardening partner, Jan Case and he worked tirelessly at having the cleanest and most productive garden anywhere around. Everyone loved to watch his garden grow as they drove down highway 204. Betsy Bumpus joined the gardening crew several years before she and her husband moved from Jacksonville. They made it look like fun and not work. He could do almost any home upkeep and repair. There were few mechanical type jobs that he could not do. He worked as a carpenter in his spare time. Jacksonville State Basketball, Baseball and Softball were his passion. Until recently, he rarely missed a basketball game and went to baseball as often as he could. He listened to all softball games that were broadcast and he was proud of the athletic programs at JSU. Arvid has always been known as a man of quiet disposition and fairness. He believed that everyone deserved respect and honor. The men he supervised respected him and loved him because he truly cared for each of them. He served his country in World War II as a Merchant Marine carrying supplies to the troops in England, Scotland, Wales, France and Germany. Arvid was a loving husband who never stopped wearing his wedding ring after his wife passed away in 2007. He was committed to her for life and longed to be with her in heaven. Her pictures were turned in his room so that anytime he woke up he could see her face. Arvid was a wonderful father and provider for his family. He taught his girls how to share and how to be students of God's Word. He encouraged them in everything they attempted. He also attempted to teach them basic repairs they would need when he was no longer around. Arvid will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He never realized how he influenced so many lives and would have been humbled by that. Pallbearers will be Greg Bonds, Jim Case, Rick Casey, Bill Jones, Anthony Kingston and Mark Washington. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the John Norman Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alabama Baptist Children's Home at 69 Cotton Drive, Oxford, AL 36203, or to the Music Ministry or Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, P. O. Box 400, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265. The family wishes to thank Dr. Vance Moore and his staff at Oxford Family Practice, Amedysis Home Health, AlaCare Hospice, and Home Helpers for their wonderful care of our father. Online condolences to the family at www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W. Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 20, 2016
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