Philip Grover Padgett Jr.

February 21, 1941September 22, 2013

Philip Grover Padgett, Jr., 72, of Williamsburg, VA died Sunday, September 22, 2013, at The Hospice House, after a valiant battle with cancer.

A native of Kings Mountain, NC, Mr. Padgett was born February 21, 1941. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlene McNeill Cooper Padgett and father, Dr. Philip Grover Padgett. He was the grandson of the late Cornelia Hinkle McNeill Cooper May of Galveston, TX and Baltimore, MD, Harry Reginald Cooper of New York, NY and of the late Tilden Rucker Padgett and Cleo King Padgett of Forest City, NC.

Mr. Padgett is survived by his wife of 36 years, Elizabeth Bradshaw Padgett and his daughter, Charlene Elizabeth Padgett of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by his siblings: Cornelia "Connie" Padgett Ramsey of Petersburg, VA; Priscilla Padgett Blanchard of Running Springs, CA; Charles Cooper Padgett of Durham, NC; and Miriam Moller Lovett of Winston Salem, NC. Mr. Padgett had nine nieces and nephews: Catherine Ramsey; Susan, Lewis and Christopher Blanchard; Jennifer and Kenneth Padgett; and Stacey, Daniel and Stephen Bradshaw; one grand-niece, Emily Grace Blanchard; numerous cousins and many devoted friends.

After graduating from Hampden Sydney College in 1964 with a degree in History and Economics, Mr. Padgett completed United States Air Force officer training and flight navigation school prior to serving as navigator on a B-52 bomber for five years, achieving the rank of captain. During his time in the service, Mr. Padgett was stationed in Guam and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Padgett worked in the financial industry for more than 37 years. A graduate of the Ross Perot School of Stock Brokerage in Los Angeles, CA, he remained as an instructor until the school was sold to Merrill Lynch. At that time, he began a long association with Merrill Lynch as a broker in Los Angeles, CA, a Vice President of Tax Shelters in New York, NY and a broker specializing in Tax Shelters in Houston, TX. Mr. Padgett also worked for Dean Witter in New York, NY. For eight years, Mr. Padgett was President and COO of Oxford Securities in Bethesda, MD. For three years Mr. Padgett was a wholesaler for Putnam Investments. Additionally, Mr. Padgett was Senior Vice President and manager of First Union Securities then Wachovia Securities in Tyson's Corner, VA.

Mr. Padgett's favorite hobbies included reading, downhill skiing, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay for 28 years. Mr. Padgett was also a member of the Chesapeake Catalina Yachting Club. Mr. Padgett began playing golf when he moved to Williamsburg, VA six years ago.

Mr. Padgett's family thanks John F. Miller, MD and the excellent staff of Peninsula Cancer Institute and Riverside Cancer Infusion Center in Williamsburg, VA for their caring compassion and support. The entire staff was amazing and very much appreciated. The family is also grateful to the staff of Riverside Hospice who cared and supported Mr. Padgett while he lived in his home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Padgett to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3529, Williamsburg, VA 23187-3529 or The Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 27, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg, VA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September, 28, 2013, at 2:00 pm at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA with a reception to follow in Stevenson Fellowship Hall.


  • Visitation Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2013

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linda behrens

September 30, 2013

Sending sympathies from the many KMHS students and faculty acqainted with Philip Padgett Jr and his lovely family. We enjoyed the pleasure of his company.

September 28, 2013

Elizabeth and Charlene, I am so sorry for your loss. I admired, and thought the world of Phil. May God Bless you and hold you close. I will always remember Phil, and how wonderful it was, to know him, and work for him. With Deepest Sympathy, Matthew Harrell

September 28, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss and will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ginny, Gene, and Sarah Raska

Jackie Andrew

September 27, 2013

Phillip and I hadn't been in touch in many years, but I remember him fondly from our high school days at Kings Mountain (N.C.) High School. He was smart, with a great personality and a great sense of humor. We graduated in 1959 and lost touch when we went away to different colleges. My sympathy is extended to his family.

Jackie Merrill Andrew

Toyia Holley

September 27, 2013

My prayers are with you at this time. Phil was a wonderful man. He was always ready with a joke or funny story when he came to the office. He will be missed and I am glad that I got the chance to know him.

Jerry File

September 26, 2013

Phil and I worked together during the 1980's when he was at Oxford Development Corp and I was head of the tax-shelter department at Johnston, Lemon & Co in Washington, D.C. He was smart, provided extraordinary leadership, and thoroughly enjoyable to work with. I have missed working with him and I know his demise will be a great loss to his family. We will keep all of you in our prayers on this very sad occasion.