Cover photo for Garry E. Paddick's Obituary
Garry E. Paddick Profile Photo

Garry E. Paddick

November 29, 1937 — December 12, 2023

Brevard, North Carolina

Garry E. Paddick

Garry Evon Paddick, 86, of Brevard, passed away on December 12, 2023. A native of Landes, Illinois, he was the son of the late Wilvin W. and Lovel Leola Paddick.

Born into humble beginnings in rural, southern Illinois, where the family farm had no electricity or indoor plumbing, he began school in a one-room building. Over the years, that all changed.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, he had the opportunity to work on the Illiac Computer, the third computer in existence while there. He entered into the burgeoning field of computer programming where he developed software for air-to-air defense simulation, computerized war-gaming and damage assessment for the U.S. Government. He also programmed the first National Football league tendency analysis system. The majority of his career was project and business management for a variety of industry and government entities.

He retired at the age of 55 and spent the next 13 years traveling in a motor home throughout the US and Canada. In 2005, along with his wife Paula, he traveled for a year with no itinerary and no reservations to enjoy the beauty of the United States.  In all, he lived in 8 states and traveled to all 50 states, played golf in 28 states and fished in 25.

While living in Brevard he hosted the Country Legends radio show on White Squirrel Radio. He enjoyed singing country classics at Lake Toxaway and Cathey’s Creek community centers.

His loving survivors include his wife of 22 years, Paula Paddick; daughters Lesa, Lonna and Jaimie; grandchildren Chris, Karly, Trevor, Hunter and Brittany; and great-grandchildren Ehron, Marshall and Jackson.

There will be a Celebration of Life held in Brevard in May, 2024. His remains will be placed in the family cemetery in Crawford County, Illinois where he will join five generations of family members.

To leave a memory or condolence for the family of Garry Paddick, please go to the on-line registry at “Tributes” at

Moore-Blanchard Funerals & Cremations is honored to serve the family.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Garry E. Paddick, please visit our flower store.


Visits: 399

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree