Robert Lee Padgett, 82, of Cedar Point, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.
A private service was held Monday.
He was an only child born Sept. 10, 1936, in Alexandria, Va., to the late Henry Robert and Edna Lucile Hancock Padgett. Lee was a 1955 graduate of G.W. High School in Alexandria. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., and graduated in 1960 with a psychology major. Later he obtained his master’s degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Lee retired June 30, 1991, after 30 years of service with the Fairfax County School System in Virginia. During the first four years, he taught fifth through sixth grade at Marshall Road Elementary in Vienna, Va. He was a teacher at Stenwood Elementary in Vienna and taught first grade at Laurel Ridge Elementary in Fairfax City. At age 29, he became the youngest principal of that time in Fairfax County. He finished his career as a principal of four different elementary schools, Keene Mill in Springfield, Va., Woodburn in Falls Church, Va., Fairhill in Fairfax and Weyanoke in Alexandria.
Lee was the manager of the Vienna Aquatic Club in 1961 and for several years enjoyed teaching kids to swim and compete. He was a big Washington Redskins fan. He loved fresh and saltwater fishing. He enjoyed building fishing rods and tying flies. He liked watching Duke basketball games and following USA women’s soccer.
Lee married Beth Anne Moffses Oct. 17, 1959, and had four children, Debbie, Donna, Brian and Denise. He had eight grandchildren, John, Evan, Sara, Aron, Sam, David, Jasmin and Andrew. He also had two great-grandchildren, Emma and Gabriel.
Lee remarried Jennifer Joy Baker April 10, 2005, and enjoyed 14 wonderful years of marriage with Jennifer in their hometown of Cedar Point, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. She was truly special to him, and he loved her with all his heart.
Lee had a great sense of humor and passed that on to his kids and grandkids. Lee touched the lives of many and was an incredible mentor to them. He is the main reason some have succeeded to where they are today. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his first wife, Beth Anne Padgett; his second wife, Jennifer Baker Padgett; daughters, Debbie Beets and husband Tom, Donna Romesburg and husband Jeff and Denise Procter and husband Lee; son, Brian Padgett and wife Nereida; grandchildren, John Jones, Evan Jones, Sara Board and husband Tucker, Aron Jones, Sam Romesburg and wife Louisa, David Padgett and Jasmin Padgett; and great-grandchildren, Emma Jones and Gabriel Jones. Lastly, he is survived by his companion and best buddy, his dog, Dexter Manley.
Lee was proceeded in death by his grandson, Andrew.
The family handled the arrangements.