Peyton Kern Partridge

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Peyton Kern Partridge was born in War, West Virginia to Sarah Belle (Gammon) Partridge and Willie Lee Partridge on October 13, 1946.

Preceded in death by both parents, four sisters, Estella Chisley, Christine Geraldine Coates, Marian Collins, Willa Ann Johnson, and brother Herman Partridge.

Survived by sisters Evelyn Partridge Ferguson (Herman) and Ruby Partridge, and brother Raymond Partridge (Marie). daughters Tanya Partridge, Cheryl Partridge and Carla Partridge New (Leonard), their mother Ann P. Partridge. grandchildren Jacquelyne, Camara, Christopher, Jaiden, Adam, and great granddaughter Aaliyah. Former wife, Frances L. Smith, and children (Nikki Ferraro and Tim Pitts) and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Peyton was the seventh of ten children. He attended and graduated from Excelsior High School in War, West Virginia in 1964, and settled in Columbus, Ohio.

He was strong in his Christian faith and was a 30-year member of Rhema Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio.

His passions included family, shopping, cooking, selfcare and holistic living. He also loved fishing and took annual fishing trips to New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Canada with work and church friends.

He was well known for his compassion, helping anyone in need, never meeting a stranger and sharing pearls of wisdom. He took his role as a provider seriously. He began preparing for this at the age of 10 when his father appointed him as “Man of the House”, shortly before he passed away. Peyton assumed the responsibility of ensuring that his mother and siblings were well cared for. When he had his own family, Peyton worked tirelessly to continue in this vein.

His 50-year construction career started right after high school graduation, when he was hired by his Brother-in-Law as a Brick Laborer. In his downtime he taught himself how to lay bricks by watching brick layers at work. In later years, he went to work for the Sherman R. Smoot Company (one of the largest minority-owned general contractors in the nation), where he became a Forman and Superintendent. In the late 1970s, he founded his first company, Masonry Unlimited. He later founded Preferred Structures Inc. with his brother Herman. After Herman passed, he founded PKP Construction. Some of the notable projects that he completed include Houlihan’s Restaurant at the Continent, which won a Builder’s Exchange Award; St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville; Northwoods Office Complex in Worthington, World Harvest Church in Canal Winchester; Franklin County Reintegration Center; Central Trust Bank in Newark; Restoration/repair at the Marconi Building in Columbus; Friendship Village in Dublin and the Len Immke Buick & Rolls Royce dealership.

After retiring from the construction industry in his 60s, Peyton launched a new career with Wide Open West (WOW) as a Field Sales Representative where he became the Top Sales Representative in the Central Region and was credited with helping to grow the region. He worked for WOW full time until August 2021 when he became ill.

When asked what he wants the world to know about him, he shared “I am the beginning of a foundation that will never experience another individual like me again. My family has been trying forever to get me to retire, so if I retire, then that means that my legacy will have ended, and I am determined to never allow it to end. There was none before me, there will be none after me and therefore, next to Jesus, it makes me a one and only. “


Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Rhema 2100 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. LIVINGSTON AVE. To read the complete obituary, in lieu of flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Partridge Family, visit


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  1. Edward Andrews (Drew)

    The Partridge family is huge, not just because of the Family Members but because one of their Patriarchs (Peyton) was a Father, Brother, Cousin, Friend, Mentor, Neighbor, and Confidant to soooo many. In an age of Selfishness he remained SELFLESS his entire life. May Peace be with the Partridge Family at this time. It was an honor to know him and thank you for sharing him with us.

  2. Dennis and Deborah Wade

    Our condolences to the Partridge family. We are praying that God’s peace and comfort surround you during this time and days to come.

  3. My condolences to the Partridge Family.I always enjoyed talking to Peyton, he was full of wisdom and encouragement every time we talked. I will miss that.May God’s comfort and peace sustain you in the days ahead

  4. Amy Noble Thomas

    What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable man who worked with excellence! Tanya, my deepest sympathies to you and your family on your loss.

  5. My condolences to the Partridge family from the Thompson family. You are in our prayers.

    • The Howell family

      My condolences to the Partridge family. Sorry to hear of the home going of Peyton. The Howell family wants you to know that you are in our prayers. We grew up together. It was good seeing Peyton at our school reunion when we were in Columbus in 2018.

  6. Robert Price Sr and Connie

    The Price Family wants to send our love and continued prayers for your loss. God has received an outstanding beautiful Angel. I am sure he is looking over blue prints showing God what he could build, maybe a little fishing along the way. Each of you we pray asking God to guide you each and every day. Light a candle let the flame glow bright, guide your way, let it continue to shine when you have days that seem are not as bright. know your Angel above will guide you along the way.

    Our love to each of you

    The Price Family

  7. Dear Partridge Family, our family sends deepest condolences and compassion on the passing of Mr. Partridge. He leaves a great legacy and his talents live on and we honor him. May you draw comfort from each other and lift each other up.

  8. Soror Carolyn Dixon

    Soror Partridge-New, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please know that my prayers for you and your family.

  9. Jolene Marable(Lockett)

    To the Partridge we would like to offer our deepest sympathy @ the lost of your love one, may God embrace you and may He let your heart and mind remember sweet memories in a time of darkness, you are in our prayers’

  10. Jolene Marable & Lloyd Marable

    To the Partridge we would like to offer our deepest sympathy @ the lost of your love one, may God embrace you and may He let your heart and mind remember sweet memories in a time of darkness, you are in our prayers’

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Peyton. I worked with him each time I visited Columbus for Wide Open West. His “never met a stranger” attitude drew me into his open and welcoming personality. In our short conversations between setting up trade show displays and handing out flyers he told me about his family, especially his grandchildren. He said he lived a blessed life and I believe those around him were blessed because of him. When I arrived to Columbus in August to hear Peyton was ill I sent him a message that “It just won’t be the same without you.” And I believe it still. I’m happy to have shared a small amount of time with him. God Bless.

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