William Ralph Padgett, 78, went peacefully to be with our Lord on January 30, 2013 with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer.
In 1957 he married Wanda Jean Brewer. Ralph served a tour of duty in US Army. He returned to Crossville and he and Jean had three children. Jean passed away in 1994. He married Peggy Luanna Key Landers in 1996.
Ralph was born into a family of 10 children. His mother, Elizabeth (Bessie) Padgett Parsons, predeceased him as did all his siblings except one sister, Edith Padgett Jordan (Ed Ryback) of Crossville.
He loved Cumberland County and the people there. His experience was varied and his impact on the economy of Cumberland County was significant. He and his children and employees have seen success in various businesses, including their current company, Plateau Truck & Tractor, LLC.
Ralph quietly helped numerous individuals in Cumberland County, both on a personal and professional level. He was a modest individual with strong work ethics who believed that honesty should be the cornerstone of any business. He took pride in seeing others succeed, and remained totally silent about any part that he may have had in their success.
He served on the advisory board of Regions Bank (and their predecessor banks) for many years. He was a charter member of Pine Eden Baptist Church and was instrumental in constructing the facility in which the church is currently housed.
He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Peggy Luanna; sons Steve Padgett, Kevin Padgett (Rhonda); daughter Amy Padgett; stepson Chad Landers; stepdaughter Nicki Landers (Leslie Fish); eight grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral service were held on February 3 at Pine Eden Baptist Church with pastors Danny Smith and Ken Clayton officiating. Burial followed in Green Acres Memory Gardens.
Arrangements were made by Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in Crossville.