Louise Padgett

October 5, 1926March 14, 2021
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Nancy Louise Padgett, left this Earth and went to be with her beloved husband Earl and her Lord, Jesus Christ in heaven on March 14, 2021. She was born October 5, 1926 to Rube and Eula Woodruff, the second of 14 children. She was a member of Jumpertown First Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting and traveling with her sisters and church. She spent her life loving and caring for her family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 18, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Scott officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

She is survived by five daughters, Nelda Burcham, Linda (Jerry) Harris, Kyna (Charley) McMillan, Terry (Sam) Harber and Jerry Jones; one brother, Tullon (Joyce) Woodruff; seven sisters, Iline Lauderdale, Betty Ruth Pounders, Mary Quay South, Jean (Lamar) Skinner, Ann Browder, Nadine (Ronnie) Walker and Rita Gail (Horace) Brown; seven grandchildren, Mark (Renee) Lambert, Michael Lambert, Greta (Wayne) Robinson, Joey Harris, Suzie (Brent) Wilbanks, Janna (Seth) Coleman and Cody (Erin) Harber; 15 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Earl Padgett; her parents; a son-in-law, James Burcham; three brothers, Billy, Walton and Wayne Woodruff; two sisters, Kathryn Williams and Sue McCulloch; one grandson, Heath Mars; and one great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Lambert.

Pallbearers are Jerry Harris, Charley McMillan, Mark Lambert, Michael Lambert, Joey Harris and Cody Harber.

Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

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  • Nelda Burcham, Daughter
  • Linda Harris (Jerry), Daughter
  • Kyna McMillan (Charley), Daughter
  • Terry Harber (Sam), Daughter
  • Jerry Jones, Daughter
  • Tullon Woodruff (Joyce), Brother
  • Iline Lauderdale, Sister
  • Betty Ruth Pounders, Sister
  • Mary Quay South, Sister
  • Jean Skinner (Lamar), Sister
  • Ann Browder, Sister
  • Nadine Walker (Ronnie), Sister
  • Rita Gail Brown (Horace), Sister
  • Mark Lambert (Renee), Grandson
  • Michael Lambert, Grandson
  • Greta Robinson (Wayne), Granddaughter
  • Joey Harris, Grandson
  • Suzie Wilbanks (Brent), Granddaughter
  • Janna Coleman (Seth), Granddaughter
  • Cody Harber (Erin), Grandson
  • William Earl Padgett, Husband (deceased)
  • Rube Woodruff, Father (deceased)
  • Eula Richardson Woodruff, Mother (deceased)
  • James Burcham, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Billy Woodruff, Brother (deceased)
  • Walton Woodruff, Brother (deceased)
  • Wayne Woodruff, Brother (deceased)
  • Kathryn Williams, Sister (deceased)
  • Sue McCulloch, Sister (deceased)
  • Heath Mars, Grandson (deceased)
  • Gabrielle Lambert, Great-Granddaughter (deceased)

  • Jerry Harris, Active Pallbearer
  • Charley McMillan, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Lambert, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Lambert, Active Pallbearer
  • Joey Harris, Active Pallbearer
  • Cody Harber, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 18, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Thursday, March 18, 2021


Louise Padgett

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“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Louise Padgett, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

      Louise was born on October 5, 1926, at home in Booneville, MS. She was the daughter of Rube and Eula Woodruff. Raised in Snowdown , MS, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Louise was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Louise was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Louise was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Louise also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Louise was raised with thirteen siblings. She had four brothers:Billy, Tullon, Walton and Wayne. Nine sisters:Kathryn, Iline, Betty Ruth, Mary Quay, Jean, Sue, Ann, Nadine, and Rita Gail. Louise was constantly involved in activities with her family. Louise and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Louise was one of those children who didn't need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Louise was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Louise was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Louise took part in a number of activities as a child. In her spare time she liked crafts, bumpjacks, paper dolls, and building playhouses.

      Most folks would say that Louise was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Louise was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Louise best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Louise kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were Ruby Wilson, Ed Wilson, Hugh Maness, Emogene Williams, and Alma Hardin. Later in life, she became friends with Nona Eaton, Leista Belue, Nannie Michael, Gladys Rickey, Lorraine Richardson, and Vivian Corliss.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Louise. On December 15, 1945, Louise married William Earl Padgett by a Justice of Peace of Booneville, MS. She was totally committed to Earl and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Louise naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Louise disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

      Louise was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Louise was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Louise was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Louise was blessed with Five girls: Nelda, Linda, Kyna, Terry and Jerry. They were also blessed with seven grandchildren: Mark, Mike, Greta, Joey, Suzie, Heath, Janna, and Cody.

      If you gave Louise a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Louise was always on task. Without hesitation, Louise could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was shirt factory worker and house wife. She was employed for Prentiss Manufacturing Company. During that time, Louise excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Louise was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Louise had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/ solution for all parties.

      Louise liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Louise's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Louise preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were quilting, crafting, and traveling with her sisters and church family. Louise was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

      Due to her excellent organizational skills, Louise was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Louise could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Louise was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. Throughout her later years, Louise was an active member of The Sewing Club.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Louise. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jumpertown for 41 years. During that time, she was active in Vacation Bible School, crafting for the Christmas Bazaar, prepared the Lord's Supper, and served on the Hostess Committee.

      Doing things to help others seemed to come naturally to Louise. She never set out to gain individual recognition, but the praise and accolades given her for her many and varied efforts throughout her life were well deserved. Some of her most prestigious awards included recognition for 25 years of Dedicated Service to her church.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Louise had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included the Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

       She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. She continued to reside in Booneville, MS. In retirement, she stayed active in church, caring for her family and friends. Even in retirement, Louise continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.

      Louise passed away on March 14, 2021, at her home. She is survived by her children: Nelda, Linda, Kyna, Terry, Jerry. Her grandchilderen: Mark, Mike, Greta, Joey, Suzie, Cody, and Jarina. Her brother Tullon, and her sisters: Iline, Betty Ruth, Mary Quay, Jean, Ann, Nadine, and Rita Gail. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home. Louise was laid to rest in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Louise was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Louise was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Louise Padgett was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Louise. She will be missed.