February 28, 2008

(10/21/1925 - 2/4/2008)

Sanford P. Padgett, 82, formerly of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, died February 4, 2008 in the VA Hospital at Hines, Illinois.

He was born on October 21, 1925 at Arbela, Missouri to Irwin F. and Verona O. Dye Padgett.

He served in the United States Army during World War II with the Company E. 409th Infantry Regiment having earned a good conduct medal and the Purple Heart. He was awarded a European/Africa/Middle East Theater Ribbon with two battle stars, two overseas service bars and the American Theater Ribbon.

He received a degree in electronics and worked as a television/electronics repair technician for Sears Roebuck & Company. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.

On April 30, 1949 he married Marion G. Gray in Cook County, Illinois.

He is survived by four daughters: Linda Padgett Long, Andover, Illinois; Diane Padgett Haywood, Mokena, Illinois; Doris C. Padgett Gaddis, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Donna C. Padgett Woolsey, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and three sons: William T. Padgett, Tinley Park, Illinois; Jeffrey A. Padgett, Andover, Illinois and Brian V. Padgett, Antioch, Illinois. Other survivors include twenty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marion; a son, Winfred P. Padgett; and a granddaughter Amanda Mae Haywood.

Graveside services with military rites by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 VFW Memphis, Missouri were held February 9, 2008, at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Arbela, Missouri.

Local arrangements were under the direction of the Memphis Funeral Home.

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