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Daniel Walton Padgett(1927 - 2012)

Daniel Walton Padgett, passed away Dec. 10, 2012, he was the second child born to Daniel Morrison Padgett and Dollie Bell Brownell. He was born in Caryville, on Jan. 27, 1927. During WWII, his family moved to Panama City. While attending Bay County High School, Dan Padgett joined the U.S. Navy. When the war was over, he returned and graduated from Bay High. He attended Florida State University and graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics. During his student days at FSU, Padgett responded to the call of God to the ministry. He was ordained at Hickory Hill Baptist Church of which he was a charter member. His first-time pastorate was at New Hope Baptist Church in Holmes County. During that time, he was employed at Eglin Air Force Base. In 1953, Dan Padgett enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where he received the Master of Divinity. During his five years as a seminary student, he worked full-time as a senior analog computer engineer at Chance Vought Aircraft in Grand Prairie, Texas. In 1954, Dan Padgett married Pauline "Polly" Donaldson of Cairo, Ga. For seven years he was pastor at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee. He was employed by the Florida Baptist Convention, in Jacksonville, as a consultant for children's curriculum in the Training Union Department. Later, he served as Minister of Education at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. In 1970, he accepted a position in Nashville, Tenn., at the Baptist Sunday School Board (now Lifeway) as a consultant and editor of children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School literature. Padgett moved back to Holmes County and became principal/teacher at Prosperity Elementary School, in 1973. He also pastored at Hickory Hill Baptist Church for 12 years. He became the Executive Director of the Washington-Holmes Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), a training school for mentally challenged adults in Chipley. He was the pastor of Sandy Creek Baptist Church for 13 years. During his years in Florida, Padgett was active in civic and community affairs. In his retirement, he was called on many times to fill pulpits and to conduct funerals. For 47 years, he served as chairman of the annual Padgett Reunion. He returned to Nashville, Tenn., in 2010 to spend more time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known as "Papa" and will be missed greatly.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles Quinton Padgett, Clyde Padgett and Freddie Padgett; and son-in-law, James Agresta.
He is survived by Polly, his devoted wife of 58 years; daughters, Pamela Hughes and Paula Agresta; son, Philip Padgett, all of Nolensville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Heather (Josh) Parker, Marc (Wendy) Hughes, Cal and Abby Agresta, and Dillon, Gabriella, Meredith, Katherine and Preston Padgett; great-grandchildren, Tinsley, Savannah and Arye Parker, and Amara Hughes; sisters and brother, Lola (Jack) Silver, Sue (Skip) Walker, and John Padgett, and several nieces and nephews, and numerous close friends.
Funeral services and internment were held in Nolensville, Tenn., on Dec. 14, 2012. A memorial service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 11 a.m., at Hickory Hill Baptist Church in Westville. In Memory of Dan Padgett, contributions may be made to the Dan and Polly Padgett Benevolence Fund at Hickory Hill Baptist Church. Woodbine Funeral Home, WALLER CHAPEL Directors 615-776-7009 Still Family Owned
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Jan. 23, 2013
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