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SMOAKS – Mr. James Oscar Padgett Jr., known to everyone as “Jimmie”, 78, of Smoaks, entered into eternal rest Saturday morning, Aug. 17, 2019, at Prisma Health Care in Richland.

Born May 15, 1941, in Bamberg County, he was the son of the late James Oscar Padgett Sr. and Ludie George Padgett Strickland. He was a retired Chief Lab Operator from Georgia Pacific – Hampton, South Carolina. Jimmie was a life-long farmer. Among the many things he farmed were watermelons, cantaloupes, hogs and cows. He was a well-known figure at the South Carolina Farmers Market in Columbia and a member of the Young Farmers Association.

Mr. Padgett was a life-long member of Little Swamp United Methodist Church, where he was active in many aspects of the church. He loved his Little Swamp community and loved participating in community events. He was also a member of the Little Swamp Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife, Sheron Burns Padgett of Smoaks; children, Kathy P. Priester and her husband Tony of Smoaks, Lorie Ann P. Caldwell and her husband Ricky of Williams, James Burns Padgett and his wife Lisa of Harleyville, and John Scott Padgett of Columbia; and grandchildren, Grace Padgett, Ashley Padgett, James Vernon Goodwin, and Tanner Caldwell. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kathryn Megan Priester.

Flowers will be accepted, or for those that desire, the family has requested that memorial contributions be directed in his memory to: Little Swamp United Methodist Church, 365 War Eagle Road, Smoaks, SC 29481.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 o'clock Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, 2019, at Little Swamp United Methodist Church, 17465 Hunters Chapel Road, Smoaks. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Ehrhardt-Bamberg Chapel, 2515 Lowcountry Highway, Ehrhardt; 803.267.1971. Visit our online registry at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.

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