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Frank Laprade Padgett

It is with both great joy and sadness to announce that Rev. Dr. Frank LaPrade Padgett of Sylva, NC, age 74, took the hand of the Lord and was granted eternal peace on November 20, 2018.  He was born on September 5, 1944 in Atlanta, GA. Frank received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southern, Bachelor of Divinity from Emory University, and Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Education from Drew University.

“Let me be Frank with you”,

Frank was a great man, filled with compassion, love, and understanding for all he encountered on his journey through life. Among many wonderful things, he was a United Methodist minister who served the Western North Carolina Conference for 40 years including 8 years at Cullowhee UMC and was the founding pastor of St. Francis UMC in Charlotte, NC.  Frank played pivotal roles in the founding of and served on numerous boards for many educational and charitable organizations throughout his career. This included, but was not limited to: United Christian Ministries, The Community Table, El Centro del Señor, Cullowhee Kids, Jackson Village, and The Good Samaritan Clinic.

Frank was a perpetual researcher and advocate for the greater good. He was an extremely talented trumpeter, writer, avid list-maker, animal lover, and determined walleye hunter who brought light to those around him through his dedication, compassion, and “frankfurters”. Here's to catching the big one!

He leaves behind and will be terribly missed by many including his wife of 24 years, Allison; three children, William (April), Justin (Mairi), and Heather Futch; stepson, Steven Gentile (Solvig); sister, Therese; and five grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 pm Saturday April 20, 2019 at Cullowhee United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to  ARF Humane Society of Jackson County and the Community Table, Sylva, NC or a charitable organization of your choice in remembrance of Frank LePrade Padgett.

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jessa cook Feb 25 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frank Padgett

jessa cook Feb 25 2019 12:00 AM

Wow I'm just blown away I knew minister Frank was sick but I had no idea he passed away he was one of my favorite ministers and was a very good friend to me thru some tough times in my life I'm glad he no longer suffers u served your time in this Earth changing lives I'll never forget you

jessa cook Feb 25 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Allison, where do I begin. Frank and our family have such a history together. He was not only a great youth director, pastor, and good friend, but he changed lives. He married our kids, baptized our grandkids, and as founding minister for St. Francis played a huge role in the most important aspect of our lives aside from our family. Because of Frank, Bill became a dedicated, involved Christian and leader at St. Francis who made a difference in the lives of many people. Bill called Frank during difficult times and Frank did the same during Bill's two year battle with cancer. Now to lose Frank to cancer just shy of two short years after Bill is heartbreaking. But I know we were so blessed to play the roles we did in Frank's ministry and will work very hard to try to uphold the faith they lived by in the days to come. Love to all.

Becky Owens Dec 10 2018 12:00 AM

To The Family, I did not know Mr. Frank Laprade Padgett, nor do I know his family, but at times like this I think of one of the many segments that made up God's original plan for mankind, showing love for one another. (Leviticus 19:18) As a volunteer minister I read obituaries columns on a regular basis. My goal is to make an earnest effort to comfort the surviving family members during their grieving period. No words will ever take the pain of losing a loved one in death. But I pray that God will hold each of you in his loving arms and bring you comfort. Please keep in mind: "God is for us a refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." (Psalm 46:1). Sincerely, Mr. Terry, a volunteer minister

Mr. Terry Dec 8 2018 12:00 AM

We are very sorry for your loss. Frank was a good friend to my parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robin Gaylor Dec 5 2018 12:00 AM

Frank was the best minister I ever had and am so grateful he was able to marry me and my husband 11 years ago! He will be missed. I am glad he is no longer in pain and is finally at peace. He is probably cutting jokes with God! He will be always remembered and never forgotten! Love, Erin DeCarufel Carpenter

Erin Carpenter Dec 3 2018 12:00 AM

My father, my superhero.

Heather Futch Nov 30 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frank Padgett

Heather Futch Nov 30 2018 12:00 AM

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