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Obituary of R. P. Paddison, Point Caswell, Pender County, North Carolina.

After many weeks of suffering, Maj., R. P. Paddison passed away, in his seventy-sixth year, at his home, in Point Caswell, Pender County, N. C., on November 23, 1915. He was a loyal Confederate veteran. His last public act was in raising funds for the erection of the Confederate monument at Burgaw, in his home county, and his last public appearance was as master of ceremonies when the monument was unveiled last May.

With his younger brother, J. R. Paddison, he enlisted in the service of the Confederacy in April, 1861, at Clinton, N. C., and served throughout the war in Company A, 61st North Carolina Regiment, Hoke's Division. He served first as a noncommissioned officer in a company called the "Sampson Rangers," the first company organized in the county, with which he was sent to Fort Johnson. He was later appointed hospital steward and remained at Fort Johnson during an epidemic of yellow fever in 1862 and of smallpox during the winter of the same year. After that he was transferred to Wilmington Hospital No. 4, where he remained till the close of the war.

Major Paddison was a son of George Paddison, a very scholarly gentleman, a graduate of Oxford University, England, who came to Virginia just after his marriage in England. In 1856 the family went to North Carolina, the parents dying in 1866. Of Mahor Paddison's four brothers there are only two survivors, Maj. J. R. Paddison, of Mount Airy, N. C., and A. H. Paddison, of Burgaw, N. C. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. He was a member of Surrey County Camp, No., 797, U. C. V., at Mount Airy, N. C., also an aid on the staff of the Commander of North Carolina Division, U. C. V. The funeral was held with the honors of the Masonic fraternity, of which he had been a member for many years, and he was laid away in his Confederate uniform.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1916.

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