April 2, 1952 – Aug. 20, 2019
James Barry “Gator” Padgett, 67, of Greensboro, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2617 Vinson Highway, Milledgeville, with Rev. Wayne Usry officiating. A celebration of life was held immediately following the service at Freedom Worship Center, 6041 Madison Hwy, Greensboro.
Barry was born April 2, 1952, in Atlanta. He was the son of Barbara Padgett Hendricks of Madison and the late James Barney Padgett. He graduated from Douglas County High School in Douglasville.
Barry proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1973. After serving in the Air Force, Barry spent many years as a truck driver for Wayne Leach Sand & Gravel, where he acquired the name “Gator” as his CB handle. He then went on to open his own road service business, Padgett’s Road Service, from 1988 to 2006.
He spent the next few years working for his brother Darrell, Padgett Grading, before retiring in 2009. Barry enjoyed fishing, hunting, cutting wood and restoring old cars. His pride and joy is his 1964 Chevy pick-up truck.
He loved playing the piano. He recorded several Gospel CDs and a Christmas CD. He had the best sense of humor. Even during the times he was hospitalized, he always kept the nurses and staff in tears with his jokes. He loved his family more than anything. His greatest love was his brother, Darrell, who are together today in Heaven talking about old cars and old times. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Darrell Barney Padgett.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Karen Diane Padgett (Mitch Kimbrough) of Greensboro; son, James Benjamin Padgett (Sharon) of Greensboro; grandchildren, Taylor Atkins (Matt) of Eatonton, Cody and McKenna Padgett; great-grandchild, Addison Marie Atkins; other relatives, Barbara Jean Padgett and Chris Venable and many friends.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in Barry’s memory to Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001.
McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, 706-453-2626, was in charge of arrangements.