James Thomas Gaddie passed away at 12:20 on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. Tom was a lifelong Vandalia area resident and attended Farber schools. After school, he started working at the International Shoe Factory in Vandalia. He then served with the Air Force Engineers building runways during the Korean War. Upon returning home after the service, Tom went back to the International Shoe Factory. He then worked on the Banker Morris farms, farmed himself for nine years, farmed for Gene Wallace, then worked for Hammel Lime Company and MoDOT. In the early 60’s, Tom started working for Harbison-Walker Refractories in Vandalia in the specialty department and retired in July 1993. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and American Legion. Tom enjoyed whittling and carving, deer hunting and collecting guns.
James Thomas Gaddie was born September 25, 1930 in McCune Station, Mo. the son of Lyle and Mary Katherine (Gilbert) Gaddie. He married Betty Lou Nadin on September 10, 1951 in Vandalia.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou of Vandalia; one brother, Eugene Gaddie of Fresno, Calif.; one sister, Juanita and husband, Lloyd Ray Carr of rural Farber, Mo.; two grandchildren, Seth James Gaddie of Blue Springs, Mo. and Sarah Jo Gaddie of Columbia, Mo.; three great-grandchildren, Keelee, Alexia and Ashawn; and several nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Lloyd Thomas Gaddie.
Visitation Friday, July 27, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. will be at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Mo.
Funeral service will be Saturday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bob Hoehn officiating. Music will be provided by Lorene Syler, pianist.
Internment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Charles Nutt, Brandon Nutt, Steven Nutt, Ray Carr, Brian Carr and James Reading.
Memorials are encouraged to the Southside Baptist Church in Vandalia.