PADGETT, Geral WALTERBORO – Mr. Norman Geral Padgett, 81, of 119 Sharon Drive, Walterboro, died Wednesday morning, May 25, 2005, at the Saint Frances Xavier Hospital in Charleston. Funeral services will be held three o’clock Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2005 in Bethel United Methodist Church with The Reverend Nelson Stokes officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Walterboro. Mr. Padgett was born April 16, 1924, in the Smoaks community of Colleton County and was a son of the late Norman Earle Padgett and Mary Frances Padgett Padgett. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II having been stationed in Italy. In 1942 he enrolled in the Citadel to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Business; however, he interrupted his education to serve in the war for two years and then returned to the Citadel and graduated March 29, 1947. After his graduation and time in service he married Hazel Williams Fox from Lodge on June 26, 1948. He was a longtime member of Bethel United Methodist Church where he served for many years as head usher and was a member of the Methodist Mens Club and the Will Goodwin Sunday School Class. He was the founder and retired owner of Padgett Insurance and Real Estate Company, Inc. He was a founding member of the Walterboro Civitans Club, a Founding member of the Dogwood Hills Country Club, was a member of the American Legion Post No. 93 in Walterboro, and was a member of FitCare. Geral Padgett will be remembered by all for the love he had for his country and church and enjoyed a good game of golf and fishing. Surviving are: his wife of fifty-seven years, Mrs. Hazel Fox Padgett of Walterboro; a daughter, Pamela Padgett Trotter of Charleston; three grandchildren, Tara Pamela Trotter of Charleston, Raymond Tradd Trotter of Charleston – The Citadel, Class of 2002, and Traci Molee Trotter of Charleston and Columbia; one great-grandchild, Gabrielle Elizabeth Gaby Stewart of Charleston; and two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Fox Hightower of Bamberg and Virginia Henley Padgett of Smoaks. He was preceded in death by a daughter who died at birth, Belinda Williams Padgett; his son-in-law who died November 12, 2004, Dr. Raymond L. Trotter; and a brother, Vernon Rudolph Padgett, Sr. Flowers will be accepted or the family has suggested that memorial contributions be directed in his memory to: Bethel United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 407, Walterboro, South Carolina 29488. Family and friends are invited to call from 6:00 until 9:00 Saturday evening at THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843-538-5408. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.
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