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Bennie Priddy

Bennie Paul Priddy

Monday, April 13th, 1942 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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Obituary

Bumpus Mills, Tn—Bennie (Ben) Paul Priddy, age 76, passed away February 18, 2019. He is survived by his wife Ann Priddy and son Dale Priddy. Ben was born on April 13, 1942 in Amherst, TX, the son of William E. Priddy and Wilma Priddy.
Ben was raised on the family farm in Amherst Texas, graduated in 1960 and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in Military Police Corps and rose to the rank of Sergeant (P). He participated in the Berlin and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ben was accepted and commissioned as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant and achieve the rank of Captain of 1st Bn 327th Infantry 101st Airborne Division. In 1977, Ben was commission as Warrant Officer Army Aviator and a member of 163rd Aviation Company and 2/17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell Kentucky.
During his service in the United States Armed Forces Ben earned several medals, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnam Service Medal with 3 campaign stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Parachute Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Broken Wing Award and Purple Heart Medal.
Ben has 24 of military service and retired as a Captain. Following his retirement from the Active Army, he was employed under a Department of Defense contract where he managed a crew of twenty-five employees to oversee the fuel management and maintenance for Fort Campbell Army Airfield equipment. Ben also worked as a contractor with 5th group Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, as an automotive technician and deployed to Iraq for 3 years with the 5th group. He officially retired in 2006. He is a respected member of the masonic lodge: Lineport Lodge #207. The discipline and patriotism Ben learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.
Ben is preceded in death by his father, William E. Priddy and brother, Darrell L. Priddy. Those left to cherish his memory; are his dear mother, Wilma Priddy of Amherst, TX; his loving wife, Anne (Arnette Lillie); and devoted son Bennie Dale Priddy and wife Kim of Clarksville, TN. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Austin Priddy and Kaity Priddy. Ben had three adoptive children: Ronnie Priddy, Darrell Priddy and Teresa McGrath (deceased). Siblings include Jimmy Priddy and wife Connie of Highlands Ranch, CO; Joy Simpson and husband, Gilbert of Loranger, LA.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in honor of Ben’s request.
Viewing will be held at Anglin Funeral Home in Dover, TN, on Sunday February 24th from 4pm to 6pm with service to follow. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 10 am on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, 5817 Fort Campbell Blvd., Hopkinsville, KY.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Anglin Funeral Home
    Address
    402 Donelson Pkwy.
    Dover, TN 37058
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  • Service

    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, February 24th, 2019 6:00pm
    Location
    Anglin Funeral Home
    Address
    402 Donelson Pkwy.
    Dover, TN 37058
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  • Interment

    Location
    Kentucky Veterans Cemetery- West
    Address
    Hwy 41
    Hopkinsville, KY
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    10 am on Monday, February 25, 2019

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Connie Johnson and Sons

Posted at 09:00am
Ann, our thoughts and prayers are with you. With all our love....
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Mclean Rose and Greg

Posted at 06:55am
For my precious sister, Ann; I am so very sorry for the loss of your soul mate and husband. Your beautiful Ben added such a light to your eyes, and joy to your heart! May the love of our Heavenly Father hold and comfort you now and always! We love you so very much!
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Pamela Priddy

Posted at 11:49am
I am so proud to call Paul my cousin. I wish I could have spent more time with him, I will always treasure our conversations and laughing over amusing stories. You were one of a kind cuz! Thank-you for your service sir! We are all blessed to have shared a life with you. Love you always!
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Ritchie Priddy

Posted at 10:14am
My cousin Ben (Paul to us) was always my hero. I remember him coming by our house in Big Spring while he was on leave during the Vietnam war. He loved my father and mother (Don and Helen Priddy). He often sent me some of his old patches, and one time he bought me a model of the Huey Cobra helicopter that he flew (and stayed up most of the night making it for me). He even let me put his helmet on. In the last ten years we reconnected and I treasure the times we spent together. Beyond being a professional soldier he was a first class historian and we had great conversations. He told me stories of what war is really about and it constantly reminded me of the cost. This country needs more heroes like Paul! Thank you for your service, cuz. I love you and will miss the conversations we've had over the years.
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