HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (3/15/12) - The Kentucky State Senate today recognized and honored the contributions of the late Russell Badgett, Jr.
Senator Jerry P. Rhoads, D-Madisonville, sponsor of Senate Resolution 227 honoring Badgett, said that he will be greatly missed in Hopkins County.
Badgett was born Nov. 24, 1918, in Wabbaseka, Arkansas, to the late Russell and Mary Rheaetta Badgett, Sr. He earned a degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1940. He mined for aluminum ore and served as a mine superintendent in Arkansas before enlisting in the Naval Air Corps in 1941. Badgett was a Second Lieutenant during World War II, primarily stationed in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in Nov. 1945.
Badgett was active in the mining industry as a mine owner and operator in Western Kentucky for over 50 years. Along with his two brothers, J. Rogers Badgett, Sr., and Brown Badgett, Sr., he was a pioneer in surface mining with the use of drag lines through Badgett Mine Stripping. He later formed Russell Badgett, Jr., Coal Company and Sexting Mining Corporation.
Owner and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hancock Bank and Trust, he was one of the principal partners in Badgett Construction, which built the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the highway known as “Alligator Alley” in the Florida Everglades.
Senator Rhoads said Badgett will be remembered for his many contributions to his community and to local charities and organizations. He contributed to the Madisonville Community College, the Boy Scouts of America, and many sports teams.
The track at the Browning Springs Middle School was named in his honor because of his contributions to the athletic program. A long-running track meet was named in his honor, and the Badgett Athletic Complex at Madisonville-North Hopkins High School was named after the three Badgett brothers.
“His many acts of kindness will continue to resonate in and benefit Madisonville and Hopkins County for years to come,” Senator Rhoads said.
Senator Rhoads represents the 6th senatorial district, which includes Hopkins, Muhlenberg and Ohio counties.
Information provided by Leslie Caudill
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