Vernon Blondell Padgett, 84, passed away on Aug. 16, 2016, in his home surrounded by his family at Edmond. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, in The Chapel at Griffin~Hillcrest. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Vernon was born on April 15, 1932, to Reuben Padgett and Lalla (Bishop) Padgett at Sturdevant, Wis. He graduated from Beaufort High School in Beaufort, S.C. He attended the U.S. Armed Forces Institute. His passion was flying airplanes and he would sneak on planes where he would learn how to fly during Vietnam. He was invested in flying and owned his own Piper Cherokee Six. Vernon attended McLish Avenue Church of Christ of Ardmore, as well as, Deer Creek Church of Christ of Edmond.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1970, with 22 1/2 years of service. He was ranked a Chief Warrant Officer Third Class. He served in Korea, Vietnam, Newfoundland, Greenland, Labrador, France, Hawaii and the United States.
Vernon has received several medals including the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Medal, Korean Presidential Citation Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf
Cluster, two Meritorious Unit Citations, Good Conduct Medal with Two Bronze Loops and Expert Rifleman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Padgett; father, Reuben Padgett; mother, Lalla Padgett; two brothers, Clyde Padgett and Ralph Padgett; two sisters, Audrey Connley and Joyce Williams; two sons, Vernon E. Padgett and Charles Tomlinson; and one daughter, Linda Harwell.
Vernon is survived by three sons, Ben Tomlinson, Rodger Padgett and William Padgett; two daughters, Theresa Wallace and Amy McCue; 23 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great­-great­grandchildren.
A visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening at Griffin~Hillcrest.
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