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Frederick Vernon Waddill
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 • Posted September 5, 2012

Frederick Vernon Waddill, Jr., 85, of Brady, Texas, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2012, in San Angelo, Texas.

Visitation was Friday, August 31, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Rochelle Cemetery.

Vernon was born in Rochelle, Texas on January 25, 1927, to Frederick Vernon Waddill, Sr. and Lockie (Adams) Waddill. Seven days before his eighteenth birthday, Vernon entered into service with the US Navy and served aboard the USS Columbia during WWII. Just four short months after joining the Navy, on May 15, 1945, Vernon found himself fighting in one of the major battles of World War II— the Battle of Okinawa. As the Navy anchored off of Okinawa in preparation for the battle, they experienced numerous kamikaze plane attacks—of the 193 launched against the Americans, 169 were destroyed.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, he returned home to McCulloch County where he served his community as he had his country; spending 22 years working as McCulloch County Tax Assessor/Collector. He enjoyed people and working with the public and also served on the boards of the Co-op Locker, Federal Land Bank, and Rochelle Cemetery, to name a few.

He was a member of the Rochelle Baptist Church.

Vernon enjoyed deer hunting and loved the land and continued to farm and ranch well into his retirement years. He was very proud of his family and loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. Vernon had a huge smile that you were sure to see whenever you met him. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends alike.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Frederick (Freddy)Vernon Waddill III; one great-grandson; Dawson Waite; sister; Pat Baker; and brothers-in-law; W.C. Baker and Gaylord Miller.

Survivors include; two sons; Van Waddill, and wife Chris, of Key Largo, FL; Billy Waddill of Stephenville; one daughter; Betty Simon, and husband L.D., of Mason; sister-in-law; Clova Miller of Willis, TX; nine grandchildren; Chad Waddill; Kody Waddill; Kendra Waddill; Deven Waddill; Brandon Waddill; Stacy Bernal; Lindsey DeLaCruz; Kim Hendley; Shawna Waite; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to the nurses and staff at Brady West for their care and concern.

Please visit Mr. Waddill’s online memorial at

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