May 16, 2021

Padgett Family Benefit Ride/Concert

(Franklin, GA) — Family and friends are raising funds to help the Padgett Family recover from this catastrophic incident that has come in and flipped their worlds upside down. The family lost everything in a house fire on July 30, 2019.

The Padgett family Benefit/Ride/concert is going to be September 14, 2019 and riders will be registered from 8:00 AM-9:30 AM. Price per bike is $25. Price per Jeeps/Hot Rods/Rat Rods/Classics is $35. If you would like to pre-register click here for more information.

BBQ plates will also be available for $10 a piece (Includes Sandwich, slaw, baked beans, chips, and drink), and they will have Raffles, Including a 50/50.

An ongoing concert throughout the day will feature local artists Joshua Robert Purgason, Josh Rodgers, Foos McCoy, Grady AlvaroMoody, and J.D. Cable. All of the artists are donated their time to play.


Wade & Wendy met when Wade, from Douglasville walked into an old country store that Wendy was working at in Heard County years ago. They have now been married for a little over 18 years.

Wendy grew up in Heard County, graduated from Heard County High School in 1993, and is getting ready to celebrate her 25 year High School Reunion. She is the daughter of Bob Jones, a former Commissioner for Heard County of 12 years and former owner/operator of Jones Sheet Metal for 35 years and Kathie Jones, originally from Delaware, a stay at home house wife and the matriarch of the family. Wendy works as an accountant in LaGrange, GA.

Wade attended Alexander High School and moved to Heard County in 1992. He worked as a professional car painter for 18 years before being trained as a Maintenance Technician by his father-in-law. He lost his mother 2 years ago and his father lives out of state. He currently works as a Maintenance Technician in Senoia, GA.

Wade & Wendy have 3 children: Zach, who lives and works in Franklin, GA and has given them their first grandchild, Zander (18 months old); Madison, current college student at University of West Georgia; Eli, an employee of West Ga Sanitation and helps his grandfather on his farm on the weekends. In addition to their 3 children, they opened their hearts, arms, and doors and had a hand in taking care of, helping raise, and fostering several children. There was never a second of hesitation when someone was in need of a home or a family to love them.


  1. Wendy Padgett says

    My family would like to thank everyone in advance for your support. While we do have insurance, we anticipate having a lot of out of pocket expenses when we are able to start rebuilding our home. We are literally having to replace everything, which at times, is very overwhelming to think about. We have been so fortunate to have received clothing and upfront funds to get things that we need for everyday living, and my parents are letting us stay with them until we can get back into our home. A complete stranger, Charlie Hudgins, reached out and asked if he could put on a benefit to help us, and along with a family friend, Leigh Hayes, they have worked non-stop to set this up. This benefit would also not be possible without the help of some very generous sponsors and our neighbors, Simply Southern Family Farm. We hope that everyone comes out to support the benefit and the people that have worked so hard to help us. Thank you again and God Bless! Wendy and Wade Padgett

  2. Leigh Hayes says

    FYI: Notification of this event has been given to the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, and Building and Zoning. This is a family-friendly benefit, and there will be Bounce Houses, football blowup’s, and more for the kiddo’s. We are having a new Shotgun raffle, gift cards, etc. There is no charge for admission to the concert, but there will be donation jars for the family. We are also having a bike/car ride. Please feel free to contact Leigh Hayes or Charlie Hudgins via Facebook, if you have any questions, or if you want to pre-register for the ride.

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