John Price Badgett, 87, of Murfreesboro died Thursday, Jan. 26.
He was born, Oct. 23, 1924, and was raised on the family farm in Vervilla as the middle child and only son of Allen W. and Carrie L. Badgett. As a young man, John worked in construction as a welder and as a truck driver from Atlanta to Michigan, as well as volunteering for the National Guard. At the age of 35, he met and married the love of his life, Jean Travis. They moved to McMinnville with their two daughters, Angela and Kimberley. Over the years, John worked in LaVergne at Cope Truck Body and Trailer, Waco Trucks in Lebanon, finally retiring at 73 from Rogers Manufacturing in Nashville. John loved to travel with his family. John and Jean bought their final home in Murfreesboro and have resided there for the last 33 years. In retirement, John enjoyed woodworking, watching his grandchildren grow, and spending time with his wife and dogs.
He is preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Virginia Badgett. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Billie Jean Badgett; daughters, Angela (Roger) Haywood; Kimberley (John O’Neal) Badgett; grandchildren, Amanda (Josh) Hill, Wesley Haywood, Reese Haywood and Abagail (Donnie) Gibbs; and great grandchildren, Alaina Hill, Greyson Hill, and Alexi Gibbs, all of the Murfreesboro area; and one sister, Agnes Jacobs of McMinnville.
Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Murfreesboro Funeral Home. Graveside service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Bascom Cemetery in Warren County. Online condolences can be sent to www.murfreesborofuneralhome.com.
Murfreesboro Funeral Home, 145 Innsbrooke Blvd, Murfreesboro (phone 615-896-2229) is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Jan. 29, 2012