John C. Parttridg, 79, enjoyed boating and fishing on Hodges Cove

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Colonel (Dr.) John C. Parttridg, USAF (RET) passed away peacefully on Oct. 24, 2016 at home surrounded by his wife Christine and sister-in-law Carol.

He was born March 30, 1937 in Garvin County, Okla. The youngest of three he grew up in Zephyrhills, Fla. He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from Emory University School of Dentistry. Colonel Parttridg entered the Air Force after graduating from dental school.

His first assignment was in Little Rock, Ark and from there to Libya and bases throughout the United States and Europe. He loved and embraced each assignment and touched many lives throughout his 30 year career. After retiring from Langley AFB as the Command Dental Surgeon, he settled on Hodges Cove where he loved to boat and fish, but golfing with his wife and buddies was his first love. He had endless time for helping others and treated people with kindness, respect and patience.

His military decorations and awards include Legion of merit, Bronze Star medal, Meritorious service medal with four clusters, AF Commendation medal with one cluster, AF Outstanding unit award with valor device and three clusters, AF Organizational excellence award, National defense service medal with one bronze star, Vietnam service medal with four clusters, AF Longevity service award ribbon with six clusters, Vietnam Gallantry cross with palm and Republic of Vietnam campaign medal.

Colonel Parttridg was the proud father of Laura, Debby, Scott and Terri. He had nine grandchildren, his sister Carrie and his loving wife of 45 years, Christine Anne (Young) Parttridg. Colonel Parttridg also leaves many other relatives and dear friends. He will be deeply missed, and we know he is one of God’s special angels.

A funeral service will be held at Providence United Methodist Church, 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, 23692, Va. on Monday, Oct. 31 2016 11 a.m. Prior to this, a short visitation at 9:45 a.m. will take place. Interment will follow in the church cemetery for family members.

The family wishes to express our thanks for the outpouring of love and support from so many friends, and to Heartland Hospice and his caring, gentle nurses.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Providence United Methodist Church.