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Charles “Chuck” Arthur Padgitt passed away peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2015 at the Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC. He was born on November 24, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Charles V. Padgitt and Emma Adeline Klemz Padgitt.
Chuck previously lived in Parkersburg, WV and Cocoa Beach, FL. He was a graduate of Steinmetz High School (Chicago) and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served his country in World War II as a member of the First Infantry Division (the “Big Red One”) during the German occupation. On August 11, 1951, he married Dorothy Jean Wickwire. He was employed as a chemical engineer by Marbon Chemicals, which was later purchased by Borg-Warner Chemical and ultimately GE Chemicals.
Chuck served his community unselfishly in many ways: he was on the Board of Directors at Camden-Clark Hospital in Parkersburg, WV, he was a member of the Citizens on Patrol (“COPS”) program in Cocoa Beach, FL, and he was a devoted and faithful servant of First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, WV, and The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Cocoa Beach, FL. Chuck and Jean were world travelers, and visited every continent and most individual countries at least once over the years.
Charles is survived by his wife Jean of Charlotte, NC; his two sons James C. Padgitt (Joanne) of Buffalo Grove, IL, Steven J. Padgitt ( Stacey) of Irving, TX, and daughter Janice C. Le Maire (David) of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Jennifer Laquerre (Robert) of Ft. Payne, AL, Nathaniel Le Maire of Fletcher, NC, Christopher Le Maire of Charlotte, NC, and Kathryn Padgitt of Buffalo Grove, IL; three great-grandchildren, Davin, Beckett and Emerie Laquerre of Ft. Payne, AL; a brother Kenneth W. Padgitt (Arlene) of Northbrook, IL; five nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Emma Padgitt, and brother Howard Padgitt.
A reception to honor his life will be held in Charlotte, NC, on August 15, 2015, details to be available.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society (P.O.Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718) or Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County (5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081).
Carolina Cremation of Charlotte is assisting the Padgitt family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.