Noble Wayne Padgett

October 24, 1946March 8, 2018
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SFC Noble “Wayne” Padgett passed away on March 8, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrill’s Ford after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was a 20 year career veteran of the US Army in telecommunications. During which time he was awarded multiple accommodation awards and medals. He was always working diligently around the home and always helping others. He loved his family and his church. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was preceded in death by a son Kevin Wayne Padgett; parents Paul and Mary Rosella Richardson Padgett and a sister Sharon Kay Little. Survived by a loving wife of 39 years, Linda Jane Smithey Padgett of Claremont, NC; daughters, Saundra Petty Huffman of Claremont and Cheryl Petty Weaver and husband Timothy Eric Weaver of Powell, TN. Four grandchildren, Jennifer Canella of Hickory, Jordan Huffman of Newton, Briana Stephens and husband Shane of Powell, TN and Courtney Weaver of Powell, TN. Four great grandchildren, Jacob and Callie Canella of Claremont, Zoey Huffman of Conover and Cash Stephens of Powell, TN; brother John Padgett and wife Kelley of Arkansas; sisters, Linda Aragon of Texas and Joyce Turner and husband JR of Texas; several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Nephew, Danny Little and Niece, Amy Wickham of Colorado along with the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and special friends for their support during this difficult time, and the wonderful care given by the staff of Catawba Regional Hospice , Sherrill’s Ford. The family will receive friends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Conover, NC Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:45 pm. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm officiated by Bishop Bruce Arndt and with President Raymond Pate presiding. A Graveside ceremony will follow by President Raymond Pate at Catawba Memorial Park with Full Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Jordan Huffman, Shane Stephens, Alec Smithey, Craig Smithey, Jamen Smithey, and Cory Smithey Condolences may be left at The Padgett Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.


  • Jordan Huffman
  • Shane Stephens
  • Alec Smithey
  • Craig Smithey
  • Jamen Smithey
  • Cory Smithey


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Noble Wayne Padgett

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Teresa Turner

March 13, 2018

Dear Linda,
We are saddened by the news of Wayne’s passing and want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the love around you.
With much love and sympathy,
Teresa and Cobb Turner

Linda Aragon

March 10, 2018

In Memory Of My Special Brother Noble Wayne Padgett exiting his life here on earth and being received into the portals of glory. Heaven gained another Angel. He was given the name Noble after our grandfather on our father's side. He lived up to his surname just as Poppa did. Today is full if memories together from childhood to adulthood . It is like having a treasure chest full of priceless artifacts filled with joy and happiness that no one can take away. I had to let you go but you will always remain in my heart. God knew what was best so He took your hand and ushered you into Paradise to spend eternity with him in Heaven. You fought a tough battle just like a soldier till the bitter end. May the Winds of Heaven blow softly upon you letting you feel how much I love you and miss you. So happy at last that you are resting in Peace with no more pain and suffering. I'll see you again on the other side of the Stars. You will always remain in my heart. Your life was a blessing to so many people on the paths that you crossed throughout your journey. You will be missed beyond measure. I am so proud of all your accomplishments. Very proud to let the world know what an awesome brother I had for 71 years. Thanks for serving our country in the United States Army for 20 years. You did a Superior job in helping to make America free. As Always Love & Hugs from your sister Linda Marie Aragon

Joyce Turner

March 9, 2018

So many memories of my sweet brother, Wayne. He was the hero of the family when he joined the army. I remember when he came home for a visit he had a beautiful green mustang. He was the baby of the family for 6 years and then I came along.

The one thing that I will always remember is that he taught me how to tell time because he knew I was getting a watch for Christmas. He loved me even though I did hit him in the head with a "real" hammer when I was about 2 years old. There were fun times, like when he played "dirty socks" game with me. I would do anything to get my big brother to play with me. Then when I was 5 years old I was going to be on Romper Room and Miss Jeanie was coming to my house. What does he do..he tells me that that "white rock" in the backyard was a special rock and I should give it to Miss Jeanie. What little girl would not trust her big brother?? It was not a rock! The dog had left it..haha.

He grew into a great man, husband, father and brother. There are many more memories I could tell. I just want him to know how much he was loved by his baby sister. Love you, Wayne and I deeply miss you.

This is a picture that was taken in June 2002, the last time all five of the Padgett kids were together at the same time. Top picture is Linda, WAYNE, Sharon, and me. Bottom picture Sharon, John, me, WAYNE, and Linda.

Your sis, Joyce



Noble Wayne Padgett was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Noble was born on October 24, 1946 at Dunn Hospital in Bedford, Indiana. His parents were Paul Blish and Mary Richardson Padgett. Noble was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Padgett household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Noble was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Noble was raised with four siblings. He had one older brother, John and two older sisters, Linda and Sharon and one younger sister, Joyce. Noble was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Noble and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Noble was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Noble was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Noble developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Noble took part in football, basketball and tetherball. He was also a cub scout. In his spare time he liked comic books and wood crafting. Noble's memorable achievements included going on the milk route with dad and running a paper route. However, what Noble enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Noble as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Mingus High School in Arizona, although he received his diploma in the U. S. Army. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. He excelled in his woodworking class. Noble was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Noble always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Noble was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Noble was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Noble to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. Later in life, he became friends with Marlin.

      On August 4, 1978 Noble exchanged wedding vows with Linda Smithey at his parent's home in New Mexico which was in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Compassionate and devoted to Linda, Noble held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Linda and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Noble brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Noble was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Noble was blessed with one son, Kevin Wayne Padgett. They were also blessed with three grandchildren by marriage, Jennifer, Jordan and Briana.

      Noble greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Noble enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Noble was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was serving in the U. S. Army. After serving his country he was employed by Corning for numerous years. Noble worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Noble was an Army veteran. He was in Fort Ord, California, Fort Monmouth and Fort Dix, New Jersey, Korea, Germany and Thailand, 3 years at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and Good Fellow Air Force base in Texas. Noble saw action for one year in the Korean Conflict. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of SFC, E7 (Military Intelligence). A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Noble seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Noble liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Noble always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were building things such as double decks and working in the yard. Noble was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Noble found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Noble played football and baseball. Recreational sports included bowling, canoeing, whitewater rafting, dancing, playing soccer and playing basketball with his grandson. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, baseball and wrestling.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Noble was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Noble preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Noble was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Politically, Noble was a strong supporter of the Republican Party.

      Noble was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During that time, he was involved with the scout program and was a ward clerk. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Noble enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Noble appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Noble always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Cancun, Mexico.

      Noble was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Noble’s favorites was Star, a mix Chihuahua with Australian Greyhound. They were best friends for 3 years. His family was rounded out by his other dog T- Bo.

      When Noble’s retirement finally arrived in 2008, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Claremont, North Carolina. In retirement, he found new pleasure in going on vacation, playing with his grandchildren and going to church events. Even in retirement, Noble continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Noble Wayne Padgett passed away on March 8, 2018 at Hospice House, Sherrill's Ford. Noble fought a long, hard battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters, Saundra and Cheryl; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Jordan and Briana and his great-grandchildren, Jacob, Zoey, Callie and Cash. Services were held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Conover ward. Noble was laid to rest in Catawba Memorial Park.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Noble Wayne Padgett. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.