Fred Padrick, Sr.

December 14, 1939 - February 25, 2021
Fred Padrick, Sr.


Frederick Glenn Padrick, Sr. 81 of Wilmington, died Thursday, February 25, 2021, at his Middle Sound home.

Fred was born December 14, 1939, in Wilmington, the son of the late Leon and Evelyn Powell Padrick. Also preceding him in death are a brother Lynalbert Padrick and a sister Florence Aycock.

He retired from the New Hanover County Public School System after 23 years. He was well loved and respected by both colleagues, children, and their families at Blair Elementary where he finished his career with the Public Schools. Fred started Fred’s Bread in the early 1980’s when a friend gifted him a bread starter. He claimed to not be a cook and was definitely not a baker at the time, but the bread began to sell out faster than he could make it. He was the owner of Fred’s Sourdough Bread for roughly 30 years.

Fred was a lay minister in several Advent Christian churches in the area. He loved preaching and enjoyed singing for the Lord. He was not ashamed to spread the gospel to everyone he met.

Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Bonnie Potter Padrick, daughter Donna McGowan, son Glenn Padrick and wife Tonia, sister Lynnette P. Spender and husband Jim, grandson Scott Padrick, granddaughter Brittany McGowan, her spouse Chonly, and Weston McGowan, his great-grandson.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 o’clock pm, Monday, March 1, 2021, at Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The Rev. Edward (Buddy) Dowd and Rev. Randy Ledford will conduct the service.

The family will receive friends 12 noon until 1:30 pm Monday prior to the service at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • February 26, 2021
    Bj Randolph says:
    Very nice. Sweet christian family.mr. Fred was a so kind lovin person..

  • February 26, 2021
    Anne Lineberry says:
    I loved Fred! I was a teacher at Blair for 14 years and Fred was a happy part of those years at a school I loved. He was always kind.

  • February 26, 2021
    Elaine Hobbs says:
    Fred worked at my school, Blair Elementary. I was always greeted with a smile and good morning. It was a great way to start a day. He was also my neighbor for many years. I feel blessed to call him my friend.

  • February 27, 2021
    Tonia Padrick says:
    I realized today that the short summary of his life in an obituary does share the over flowing love he had for people! As we sorted through tubs of family photos, it was easy to see how he blessed so many with his humbleness and love. I am blessed and honored to carry his name even if I am just his daughter-in law. Fred welcomed me like family from the day I met him almost 37 years ago, and has always loved me as one of his own. I always felt comfortable when he would sometimes even introduced me as his other daughter. I will miss him very much! ❤️

  • February 27, 2021
    Patsy Miller says:
    I have considered Freddie my friend since we were teenagers. He has always greeted anyone with a warm smile. He has always been well respected and a loving person!