Philip Grover Padgett, Jr., 72, of Williamsburg, VA died Sunday, September 22, 2013, at The Hospice House, after a valiant battle with cancer.
A native of Kings Mountain, NC, Mr. Padgett was born February 21, 1941. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlene McNeill Cooper Padgett and father, Dr. Philip Grover Padgett. He was the grandson of the late Cornelia Hinkle McNeill Cooper May of Galveston, TX and Baltimore, MD, Harry Reginald Cooper of New York, NY and of the late Tilden Rucker Padgett and Cleo King Padgett of Forest City, NC.
Mr. Padgett is survived by his wife of 36 years, Elizabeth Bradshaw Padgett and his daughter, Charlene Elizabeth Padgett of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by his siblings: Cornelia "Connie" Padgett Ramsey of Petersburg, VA; Priscilla Padgett Blanchard of Running Springs, CA; Charles Cooper Padgett of Durham, NC; and Miriam Moller Lovett of Winston Salem, NC. Mr. Padgett had nine nieces and nephews: Catherine Ramsey; Susan, Lewis and Christopher Blanchard; Jennifer and Kenneth Padgett; and Stacey, Daniel and Stephen Bradshaw; one grand-niece, Emily Grace Blanchard; numerous cousins and many devoted friends.
After graduating from Hampden Sydney College in 1964 with a degree in History and Economics, Mr. Padgett completed United States Air Force officer training and flight navigation school prior to serving as navigator on a B-52 bomber for five years, achieving the rank of captain. During his time in the service, Mr. Padgett was stationed in Guam and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Mr. Padgett worked in the financial industry for more than 37 years. A graduate of the Ross Perot School of Stock Brokerage in Los Angeles, CA, he remained as an instructor until the school was sold to Merrill Lynch. At that time, he began a long association with Merrill Lynch as a broker in Los Angeles, CA, a Vice President of Tax Shelters in New York, NY and a broker specializing in Tax Shelters in Houston, TX. Mr. Padgett also worked for Dean Witter in New York, NY. For eight years, Mr. Padgett was President and COO of Oxford Securities in Bethesda, MD. For three years Mr. Padgett was a wholesaler for Putnam Investments. Additionally, Mr. Padgett was Senior Vice President and manager of First Union Securities then Wachovia Securities in Tyson's Corner, VA.
Mr. Padgett's favorite hobbies included reading, downhill skiing, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay for 28 years. Mr. Padgett was also a member of the Chesapeake Catalina Yachting Club. Mr. Padgett began playing golf when he moved to Williamsburg, VA six years ago.
Mr. Padgett's family thanks John F. Miller, MD and the excellent staff of Peninsula Cancer Institute and Riverside Cancer Infusion Center in Williamsburg, VA for their caring compassion and support. The entire staff was amazing and very much appreciated. The family is also grateful to the staff of Riverside Hospice who cared and supported Mr. Padgett while he lived in his home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Padgett to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3529, Williamsburg, VA 23187-3529 or The Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
The family will receive friends on Friday, September 27, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg, VA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September, 28, 2013, at 2:00 pm at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA with a reception to follow in Stevenson Fellowship Hall.