Esther Hunt Padget, 91, held a cappella sing-alongs around the dinner table
Esther Hunt Padget, of Columbia, died Nov. 10, 2015, at the age of 91.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service.
She was born March 7, 1924, at the family home in Saluda. She was a daughter of the late Dr. J.A. Hunt and Emma Julia Schumpert Hunt. She was a graduate of Saluda High School and attended Anderson Junior College. She was a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in elementary education.
On June 27, 1946, she married H. Fletcher Padget Jr. and during Esther and Fletcher’s 50 years of marriage, Esther never worked outside the home. Her happiest roles were homemaker, mother and hostess.
The Padget home was always open to family and friends. The dining room was the setting for countless dinner parties and holiday celebrations. Decorating for each holiday and season was Esther’s forte. The downstairs playroom was the scene of many memorable theme parties and the late night pool and ping pong tournaments. The kitchen table, where Esther could usually be found, was always ready for spur of the moment visits. Many happy hours were spent in a cappella sing-alongs around the dinner table after a good meal-or in songfests around the piano as she played all the old traditional hymns and all the old favorites from the “Great American Songbook.”
Esther and Fletcher joined St. Mark United Methodist Church in the Earlewood area in 1951. In 1959 they built their home in the St. Andrews area near where Dutch Square Mall would eventually be developed. Over the years she was involved with various women’s clubs, bridge clubs, Brownie Scouts, Cub Scouts, girls softball and bowling leagues. Esther enjoyed crossword puzzles, word games, card games, soap operas and dark chocolate and she inherited a love for birds from her mother which she passed on to her children.
Esther’s greatest role was that of mother to her three children, but she readily and easily assumed the role of “second Mother” to many, many younger friends and eventually became “Grannie Ez” to an even younger generation.
She is survived by daughter, Avice P. Brock and her husband Jake Brock, of Columbia; sons, H.F. (Hank) Padget III, of Columbia and Mark H. Padget and wife K.C. Padget, of Jacksonville, Florida; grandson, Jason Jamie Putnam and fiancé Eliza Williams; granddaughter, Samantha Hunt Padget; grandson, Travis Clark Padget and wife McKenzie Padget; and great-granddaughter, Blake Riley Padget.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister Avice H. Kaiser (Mrs. B.C.), of Nashville, Tennessee; and sister, Eliza H. Peeler (Mrs. T.A.), of Shelby, North Carolina.
The family would like to express their thanks to the caregivers at Amedisys Home Health Care, Amedisys Hospice Care and Agape Hospice House.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark UMC, 3200 Lyles St., Columbia, SC 29201 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Dunbar Funeral Home.
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