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Walter Frank Gaddy, Jr.

August 23, 1945 ~ August 24, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Walter Gaddy, Jr. Obituary

Mr. Walter Frank Gaddy Junior, 78 of Sanford, N.C. died Thursday, August 24, 2023, at Sanford Health and Rehabilitation in Lee County.

Mr. Gaddy was born in Lee County, N.C. on August 23, 1945, to the late Walter Frank Gaddy and Litha Belle Tillman Gaddy.

Mr. Gaddy grew up on South Plank Road and attended Greenwood High School where he also played basketball. In the summer time while growing up, he worked hard farming tobacco. After high school he joined the Marine Corps in 1965 and served his country for 7 years. 

Mr. Gaddy later worked for and retired from the Heins Telephone Company and played softball for the Heins Telephone Company league. Mr. Gaddy loved all sports and dedicated his time coaching a girls basketball team. 

To some he was known as “Frank” or “Frankie” and to those who loved him most he was “Papa Frank.” He loved to give unsolicited advice and got a kick out of what he called “picking” at you. He had a knack for playing cards with his buddies and found the most joy sitting with his son watching ball. He was a proud Papa of his granddaughter Olivia and would always smile his most genuine smile when she was around. 

Mr. Gaddy was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mildred “Millie” Gaddy and brothers Johnny, and Thomas. He is survived by his son, Tripp Gaddy and wife Jamie of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister Bonita Gaddy Bost of Greenville, SC; two grandchildren, Olivia and Jacob and his wife Hannah, and two great grandchildren Reigna Kris and Titan Luck. special cousins, Dottie Spruill and Billy Tillman.

The family will receive friends Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bridges Cameron Funeral Home. The Graveside service will be Sunday, August 27, 2023, at 2:00 PM at Center United Methodist Church cemetery with Rev. Vernon Riggins officiating.

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August 26, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home
600 West Main Street
Sanford, NC 27332

Graveside Service
August 27, 2023

2:00 PM
Center United Methodist Church Cemetery
4141 S Plank Rd
Sanford, NC 27332


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