Padgett & King Funeral Home

Located in Forest City, North Carolina


227 E Main St, Forest City, NC

Burial service, Funeral service, Cremation, Shipping, Special service for veterans, Pre-arrangements, Limousine, Conference, Death certificate, Administration support, Chapel

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Located in Forest City, North Carolina


About a year into the business venture, Mr. King sold his interest to Mr. Padgett and went on to pursue other interests. Mr. Padgett's interest in the funeral business came as a result of buying the Florence Mill Company Store which had a number of caskets in stock. Also, in his furniture business, caskets would be shipped in and it would be the responsibility of the furniture store owner to install the interior and linings in the caskets and to place the handles on the outside of the caskets.

In selling the caskets to families Mr. Padgett saw the need to establish a business to provide this type service. He purchased his first horse drawn hearse in 1916, but most of his work was still completed in the homes of the deceased. It was not until the 1920's that he established his first funeral home facility. It was located at the site of the present funeral home.

He operated in this facility until 1932 when the present structure was constructed. More than 100 years following its inception, Padgett and King remains the oldest mortuary in Rutherford County and the oldest business operating under its original name in Forest City. Along with furniture and funerals, the mortuary also operated Padgett and King Ambulance Service until 1973. professional service.

Likewise his cousin, D.G. Padgett served as company President as did Ron Guy, son-in-law of James Padgett. With the help of longtime employees James Collins, and Shane Earley, Padgett and King continued to serve Rutherford County. In 1989 upon the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Padgett, widow of the late James Padgett, the funeral home was sold to Ron Guy and Shane Earley who formed a partnership which lasted until the death of Ron in 2005.

It was at this time that Shane Earley purchased Mr. Guy's interest in the company and became the sole owner. Today, Shane Earley serves as President of the company, Steve Herndon as Vice-president and the staff, Jeff Braley, Cam Earley, and Dennis Matheny continue to carry on the tradition of caring service that has made Padgett and King a household name in Rutherford County.

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Obituaries of Padgett & King Funeral Home

Nellie Moss
Nellie Moss
Nellie Moss

Forest City, North Carolina

August 13, 2019 (102 years old)

David Baynard
David Baynard
David Baynard

Forest City, North Carolina

August 12, 2019 (61 years old)

Beatrice Wolfcale
Beatrice Wolfcale
Beatrice Wolfcale

Forest City, North Carolina

August 3, 2019 (89 years old)

Joseph Johns
Joseph Johns
Joseph Johns

Forest City, North Carolina

July 26, 2019 (67 years old)

Robert Stoltz
Robert Stoltz
Robert Stoltz

Forest City, North Carolina

July 21, 2019 (87 years old)

Jimmie Padgett
Jimmie Padgett
Jimmie Padgett

Forest City, North Carolina

July 25, 2019 (95 years old)