Captain Courtney Padgett

February 10, 1979 - April 24, 2024
Captain Courtney  Padgett

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Courtney Scott Padgett “CP” beloved Captain with New Hanover County Fire Rescue, passed away peacefully at home in Wilmington, NC on Wednesday April 24, 2024, at the age of 45.

Born on February 10, 1979, in New Hanover County, CP leaves behind a legacy of bravery and selflessness that will forever be remembered.

Throughout his career, CP served as a dedicated member of the Castle Hayne Volunteer Fire Department before becoming a respected Captain with New Hanover County Fire Rescue. His commitment to serving his community and protecting others was unwavering, earning him the respect and admiration of all who were honored to serve alongside him.

Preceding him in death were his maternal grandfather Anson Lee Baker; paternal grandparents William Boyd Padgett and Ruth Carol Lee; aunt Joyce Green and Cathy Brown; cousin Gene Evans

CP’s passing is deeply mourned by his loving partner Laura Salo and her daughter Julia Salo, his devoted parents William Padgett and wife Jana, mother Trudy Padgett and Durwood Shepard, brothers Wesley Padgett and wife Heather, Randy Padgett, half-sister Julie Adair, and maternal grandmother Inez Baker. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces Lily and Audrey Padgett, as well as his extended family including his Aunts and Uncles Robert Padgett and wife Doris; Brian Green, Tommy Baker and wife Rita, Rhonda Campbell and husband Raymond, a number of cousins and all his brothers and sisters of the fire service.

Courtney will be receiving full fire service line of duty funeral honors at Northside Church 2501 N. College Road Monday, April 29, 2024, at 11:00 AM. Attendees are requested to arrive by 10:30 AM.

CP’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him, but his courage, dedication, and kindness will continue to inspire and uplift those whose lives he touched. May his legacy live on as a beacon of hope and strength for generations to come.

Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Cancer Center, reflecting CP’s compassionate spirit and his desire to help those in need.

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The funeral will take place on April 29, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Northside Church (2501 N. College Road, Wilmington, NC)

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  • May 05, 2024
    Kelly Kosek says:
    I’m very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I met him in a healthcare situation and I was very honored to care for him. May he rest in peace and know he cared for others by giving us a glimpse of his strength ❤️

  • May 01, 2024
    Dawn Moffitt says:
    I have prayed since Courtneys passing that he will be my family's guardian ANGEL . I can not think of a better angel, than Courtney! Thank you Lord, that you brought him into ssssoooo many lives ! Gods speed to you Courtney, until we meet again at the pearly gates!

  • April 29, 2024
    Elsie says:
    Trudy,Billy and family,When Gene passed away,was the last time I talked with Courtney. I really enjoyed talking with him as our conversation was related to being a 911 dispatcher and a fireman. The care and trust in that kind of working relationship is indescribable. I am so sorry for your loss but I am proud to have been related by blood and careers to such an honorable young man.❤️

  • April 29, 2024
    Kristen Lewis Williams says:
    So many fond memories growing up with Courtney, Wesley and Randy! He will truly be missed! Sending big prayers to the whole family! We love you all!

  • April 29, 2024
    Brenna Bass lit a candle:
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