Townson-Rose Funeral Home

Obituary for James Lee Padgett

06/11/1935 - 04/29/2022

James L. Padgett, age 86 of Hayesville, NC passed away Friday, April 29, 2022.

He was born in Hayesville, NC to the late James Guy and Lucille Yount Padgett.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his elder sister, Clara Winchester.

James graduated from Hayesville High in 1953, serving as Vice-President of his class and Captain of the football team.

James served in the United States Army in Germany; returning in 1956 to pursue the courtship of Janice Parker of the Shooting Creek Community. They were married in November of 1957, and she remains the love of his life.

James completed a Masters of Architect at Georgia Tech. He and Janice moved to Asheville, NC, where in time, James established the architectural firm that would become Padgett and Freeman Architects. As a specialist in Public, Religious, and Commercial Architecture, Jim contributed materially to the educational, spiritual, and economic success of the region he loved.

He is survived by his wife, Janice and four children: Leigh, Jonathon and Patrick Padgett and Amy Padgett Rinkevich; three grandchildren, Rebecca and Seth Rinkevich, and Harley Padgett; brother, Boyce and sister, Joy Loggins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Leford's Chapel Church in Hayesville. Rev. Blythe Ethridge will officiate.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family asks that donations be made in James' honor to the Poor People's Campaign at or made to the Peacock Performing Arts Center in Hayesville, NC at

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

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