Louis Matthew Padgett

Published 7:37 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mr. Louis Matthew Padgett, age 83, a resident of Washington, died Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington.

Funeral services with military honors will be held at 11a.m. Friday Sept. 21, 2018 at Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church, Highland Drive, Washington, conducted by Pastor Pete Winstead and Pastor Robert Travis. Burial will follow at Pamlico Memorial Gardens, Washington.

Mr. Padgett was born in Beaufort County on Jan. 18, 1935. He was the son of the late Allen Fonce Padgett and Etta Lee Burbage Padgett. Mr. Padgett attended Bath High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and Air Force, retiring as Master Sergeant over the Air Transportation Squadron at Pope AFB. After his military career, Mr. Padgett worked as the Maintenance Supervisor for the Municipal Building for the City of Washington and as a jailer for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and Deacon. He also taught Sunday School and sang at Ridgewood Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Padgett was also a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.

In 1956, Mr. Padgett married the former Glenda Gray Woolard, who preceded him in death, July 14, 1995. On June 14, 1996, he married the former Joan Asby Winstead, who survives.

Surviving with his wife are his daughter, Kathy P. Deal and husband, Eric of Greenville; sons, Wesley Brian Padgett of Washington; “Pete” Winstead, Jr. and wife, Denita of Oak Grove, MO., Timothy Wayne Winstead and wife, Beth of Washington; sisters, Shirley Asby and husband, Ed of Washington, Ruby Crisp of Williamston, Lois Wilburn and husband, David of Jacksonville, FL; sister in law, Sharon Padgett of Washington; 15 grandchildren including Kelsey Padgett, Sarah Watson, Chase Padgett, Katlyn Warner, Matthew Winstead, Micah Winstead, Michaela Kuhl, Michael Winstead, Will Edwards, Jack Winstead, Christina Winstead, Emily Deal, Ashleigh Deal and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, Mr. Padgett was preceded in death by a son, Louis M. “Bubba” Padgett, Jr.; brothers, Johnnie Padgett, Charlie Padgett, Allen Padgett; sisters, Dorothy P. Whichard, Hazel P. Woolard and daughter in law Shannon B. Padgett.

The family would like to thank Melvin B. Smith, caregiver and friend as well as Eugene Tetterton, for their care and compassion.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at Paul Funeral Home & Crematory and other times at his home.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, 9131 Anson Way, Suite 206, Raleigh, N.C. 27615 or to Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church, 1600 Highland Drive, Washington, N.C. 27889.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com Paul Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is honored to serve the Padgett family.