Catherine Huffman Padgett Thornton

January 14, 1936 - March 25, 2024
Catherine Huffman Padgett Thornton

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Catherine Huffman Padgett Thornton, born on January 14, 1936 in Onslow County, NC, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2024, in Wilmington, NC at the age of 88.

Throughout her life, Catherine was known for her beautiful red hair and her vibrant spirit. She was an avid and accomplished Bridge player who brought joy to those around her with her love for dancing. In her younger years, she enjoyed playing neighborhood softball, riding her bike, and playing school basketball.

Catherine is survived by her loving children Bobbi Bannerman of Sneads Ferry, NC, Rhonda Cooper of Wilmington, NC, and Bruce Padgett of Wilmington, NC. Her memory lives on in her grandchildren Michael May (Patti), Morgan Cooper, Rebecca Bannerman (Brett Addy), Hope Bruton (Cary), and Addie Jo Bannerman, as well as her great-grandchildren Nevaeh, Leilani, Mason, and Harper, her sister Wanda Batts (James) of Surf City, NC, and her special caregiver Sandra.

She was preceded in death by her parents Carlton L. and Mae C. Huffman, her former husband Lethan Corbett Padgett, and widowed by Mott Thornton.

A Celebration of Life to honor Catherine’s memory will be held at the home of Cary and Hope Bruton (331 Creekview Drive Hampstead, NC 28443) on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Catherine’s family has requested consideration for a donation to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in her memory. Those wishing to donate in Catherine’s honor and memory may do so by clicking here.

Please leave memories and condolences for Catherine’s family by signing the Tribute Wall below.

Care entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


Celebration of Life

Saturday, April 6, 2024
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Home of Cary & Hope Bruton - Directions
331 Creekview Drive
Hampstead, NC 28443

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