LELAND - The Reverend Russell Padgett Jr. of Leland, N.C. and formerly of Sneads Ferry, died Saturday Dec. 28, 2013, at his home in Leland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel officiated by the Revs. Michael Padgett, Sandy Bain and Tommy Yopp. Interment will follow at Onslow Memorial Park.
Born October 31, 1929 in Onslow County, the Rev. Padgett served as pastor of five churches over twenty-six years and as interim pastor of five churches following retirement from full-time service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Padgett Sr. and Ada Padgett; and three sisters, Lillie Littleton, Gladys Padgett and Velma Padgett.
The Rev. Padgett is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anita Padgett; three daughters, Brenda Padgett of Leland, Teresa Price (Dennis) of Leland and Sonja Holland (Bret) of Longs, S.C.; eight grandchildren, James Mitchell Price, Courtney Sorensen, Samantha Price, Cheney and Autumn Holland, Angie Booher, Angie Sasser and D.J. Price; five great-grandchildren, Carmen Price, John Russell Sorensen, Austin and Justin Sasser and Nelson Booher; and four sisters, Martha Padgett, Ruby Foy, Irene Melton and Elma Ottoway.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Electronic condolences can be left for the family at Jonesfh.org and JDNews.com.