Kenneth Lee Padgett

August 8, 1938May 7, 2018

Kenneth Lee Padgett was born 8 Aug. 1938 in Corbin, Kentucky to parents John F. and Flora (Wood) Padgett and entered eternal rest on 7 May 2018 at the age of 79. Lee grew up in a small mining community. He joined the Air Force in 1955 and served honorably until his retirement in 1975. Lee was married 25 Oct 1962 to Nelda until her death in 2005. They were blessed with two children. They lived in Gun Barrel City where he served as Deacon at Legendary Baptist Church. Lee loved to fish whenever he could get a spare moment. After Nelda's passing in 2005 Lee went to live with his son & daughter in law in Anna, Texas and became a member of Calvary Baptist Church and served as Deacon there until the time of his death. Lee was a loving, caring man and he and his wife spent a majority of their lives as caregivers to those in need as well as their community. Lee was a great inspiration to those around him and he will be missed tremendously by all that knew and loved him.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, John F. Padgett Deceased: 24 April 1986 & Floy (Wood) Padgett Deceased: 1 March 1999, wife Nelda, & oldest son Terry.

He is survived by: his son, Gerry and wife Tammy Padgett, grand children: Terry Padgett, Patricia Stever, Misty Sportsman, Christopher Padgett, Matthew Padgett, Luke Padgett, great grandchildren: Ksenia Alfaro, Margaret Padgett, Jacob Stever, Elizabeth Padgett, Aubrey Padgett, Owen Stever great–great grandchild: Emilio Alfaro, Jr, other loving family members and many more friends.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Dyess Honor Guard Graveside Service Thursday, May 10, 2018

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Martha McDowell

May 10, 2018

As a member of Calvary Baptist Church, I wish to express to Lee's family my gratefulness at having known he and two of his grandsons. He was faithful to his church as long as he could be. Our prayers are with those who loved him and will miss him. God Bless You.

Charlotte Carrier

May 8, 2018

Words can not express the profound emptiness and loss our world has endured due to the passing of this fine man. Those of us he called friend or "Pal" are heartbroken today Lee came into my life 40 plus years ago. His beloved Nelda was my dearest friend. I was instantly made family status. Both sons were amazing human being. Lee taught me unconditional love as I watched him mentor his boys and then eventually his grandchildren. Terry, Gerry, Terry, Patricia, Christopher, Misty, Matthew and Luke. Lee,Nelda,Terry and I traveled a lot of miles together. Lee was Nelda's rock when Terry died May 22 1994. Then the unspeakable occurred June 6 2005 Nelda left us suddenly and he was everyone's rock. My greatest love and respect for Gerry and Tammy Padgett for never wavering in their belief's that family came first and keep Lee as comfortable as possible those last few days. And as always Gerry's great humor and ability to soften a terrible blow. He calls me 7:25am EST and says wake up sleepy head this is the call you don't want to get. I had planned to have lunch with my beloved Nelda and Terry I just had not planned on Lee being there as well. It will be the four of us as it was so many times.