Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
July 20, 2011
112th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 157, No. 109 — Daily Edition
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REMEMBERING THOMAS ``BROWN'' BADGETT, SR.
(Senate - July 20, 2011)
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[Pages S4715-S4716] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] REMEMBERING THOMAS ``BROWN'' BADGETT, SR. Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I rise today to note for my colleagues the passing of a distinguished Kentuckian and my friend, Mr. Thomas ``Brown'' Badgett, Sr., who passed away this June 30 at the age of 88. A leading citizen of Madisonville, KY, Brown was a philanthropist who will be remembered for his many gifts to his community. From the Brown Badgett Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center on the Madisonville Community College campus to the Brown Badgett Loop roadway and Badgett Athletic Complex there that also bear his name, he will have an enduring legacy. Brown was able to make this mark not only because he was so highly successful in his chosen fields of coal, real [[Page S4716]] estate and highway construction, but also because he was successful at reaching out to other people and sharing his success and his zeal for life. I extend my deepest condolences to his many beloved family members and friends for their loss. He will be missed by many. The Louisville Courier-Journal recently published an obituary for Mr. Thomas ``Brown'' Badgett, Sr., and I ask unanimous consent that said article be printed in the Record. There being no objection, the article was ordered to be printed in the Record as follows: [From the Louisville Courier-Journal, July 1, 2011] Thomas Brown Badgett Sr. Madisonville.--Badgett, Thomas Brown Sr., 88, died Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 8:10 a.m. at his residence. He was born January 17, 1923, in Bellefonte, Ark., to the late Russell and Rheaetta Badgett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen ``Heidi'' Badgett; a daughter, Deidre Badgett Griffin; one son, Owen Kinsley Badgett; one brother, J. Rogers Badgett; and one sister, Julia Badgett Badger. Mr. Badgett loved his community, and he served all walks of life such as the coal business, highway construction, and real estate. He received his Eagle Scout in 1991. Mr. Badgett was a philanthropist who supported education with donations to college and high schools. His favorite saying was, ``The youth of today are going to be running this country in the next 20 to 30 years, and they need to be educated.'' Mr. Badgett is survived by a daughter, Heidi K. Honchariw, of Asheville, N.C.; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Brown and Sue Badgett, Jr., of Madisonville; two grandchildren, Corbett G. and Casey McCormick, of Naperville, Ill., and Kyle Owen Yates, of Madisonville; and five great-grandchildren, Lily McCormick, Gavin McCormick and Ryder McCormick of Naperville, Brice Yates of Madisonville and Kyle Owen Yates II, of Central City, Ky. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with Russell Badgett III officiating and Dr. William Klompus and Terry McBrayer to speak. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday and after noon Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Calvin Griffith, Bennie Mouser, Oda Inglis, Jr., John Davis, Don Gish, Bentley Badgett, II and Russell Badgett, III. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Ramsey, Jr., Coach Joe B. Hall, Terry McBrayer, O.T. Rudd, C.M. Newton and Dr. William Klompus. Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America Shawnee Trails Council, P.O. Box 487, Owensboro, KY 42302, or Green River Hospice, 418 N. Scott St., Madisonville, KY 42431. ____________________