William Howard Padgett, Jr, 86, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Brother Bear, as he was affectionately known by his family, was born at home, in New Orleans, on November 14, 1933. At 17 he followed his brother Raymond Padgett (deceased) into the Marine Corps. Bill received several metals for his service during the Korean War, and all his life remained a proud Marine. Bill obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and worked in telecommunications. He always asked if there was anything he could do for you, always had a joke to make you laugh, and always took care of his family before himself. He was an adoring husband to his wife of 42 years Romaine Padgett. He was a hero to his sister Gloria Anders and his children: Carol Padgett Barre (Brett), Elizabeth DiMaggio (Sal), Patricia Padgett (Ryan Bridges), Amanda Swartz (Jeff), William Padgett III (deceased), Rose Padgett and stepchildren Mimi Padgett (Mike), and Julianna Padgett. He was a doting Papa to his grandchildren: Ashley McElheney, Michael Mouton (Amy), and Aurelia and Espen Swartz; great-grandchildren: Donovan McElheney, Remington Mouton, and Blake, Caleb and Nyla Barnhouse; and godson Gil Penton. He was a devoted son to his parents, William H. Padgett, Sr. and Rosie Padgett who preceded him in death.
The funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 13:00 at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home. Visitation from 11:00-13:00. Interment will follow at Hope Mausoleum.
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