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10/24/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Les Puckett

Leslie Alonzo Puckett
(07 May 1940 - 25 Sept 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   There is yet more sad if somewhat belated news today.
    Les Puckett, Class of 1958, passed away at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson on Friday, September 25, 2020 at the age of 80.  

From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 10/24/20, 4:17 PM - "Obituary, Les Puckett NNHS58":

   Thank you so much for locating this, Joe. It wasn't for lack of searching that I couldn't find it. You have my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend and classmate.

From and Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel - 09/29/20:

          Leslie A. Puckett
    HILLSVILLE - On Friday, September 25, 2020, Les went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior. He joined his sons, Ron & Kevin Puckett; parents, Ocie and Roosevelt Puckett; sister and brother-in-law, Reva and Foy Hawks; sister and brother-in-law, Iva Lee and J.B. Walston; and niece, Pat Walston.

He leaves behind, to cherish his memory, the love his life and wife of 52 years, Becky; his granddaughter Abbey, nieces (who were like his daughters) Brenda, Judy, Neda, Janet, and Bobbi; his great-nieces and great-nephews Jacki, Julia, Rachel Leigh, Josh, Katie, Hayden, Hannah, Lindsay, and Brooke; and his faithful companions, his dogs Rufus, Raven, and Baxter, "The Big B."
Les worked most of his life at Newport News Shipyard in Dept 038. After leaving the shipyard, he drove trucks for and eventually retired from U.S. Food Service. Along the way, Les also worked security for Hampton Coliseum and played Santa at times.

He had so many interests and hobbies, but his greatest love was music. He loved going to bluegrass festivals, playing his guitar, and singing and writing songs that will stay in our hearts forever. He played every Friday night at the Willis Gap Jam Sessions and monthly for the residents at Laurel Meadows. He also loved the years he coached his son in baseball. He "played at" golf. And, he loved being a part of the annual play about the Carroll County Courthouse Shootout of 1912, always in the role of his grandfather, who was amongst the jurors at the original trial.

Les lived his early years in Laurel Fork, attending school at Rome Elementary. Then, at the age of 16, he and his family moved to Newport News, where he graduated proudly from Newport News High School. And, in subsequent years, he always loved attending the class reunions. After his retirement in 2008, he returned to his beloved mountains where he spent time with his relatives and friends, old and new. The family wishes to thank them all for the love and support they provided to him over the last few months. He loved everyone and never took a single relationship for granted. Les had traveled to many countries and 49 of the 50 states of America, and he always said Virginia was the most beautiful. We are sure that was mostly because of all the love he was shown by all he knew.

When you think of him, remember his big smile, the twinkle in his eyes and that hint of mischief in his laugh. We all feel blessed to have been a part of his life.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be shared on the Puckett website at when finalized. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A guestbook is available online by visiting

Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.

Published in Daily Press on September 29, 2020.
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September 28, 2020

So sorry for your loss; prayer for you all. Elvin Hawks and Jennifer

~ Jennifer 

September 29, 2020

Les was a great guy, and we will miss him. He was always upbeat and loved to entertain. He was a great friend and we played music and golf together and attended a lot of functions together. He loved history, and we talked about it for hours. I will miss him a lot.

~ Ron Hall

September 29, 2020

Les was like family at out house when we were growing up. Always happy. He will be missed, and Becky, I think of you often, and I am so sorry.

~ Bonnie Bowman

September 29, 2020

We loved playing with Les at Willis Gap, will miss him a lot, so sorry for your loss, Becky.
I loved singing "Daisy a Day " with him, will always remember that.

~ Carlton and Janice Harmon

September 30, 2020

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. He was certainly one of a kind! Always smiling and so funny!! Praying for Becky and all of his loving family.

~ Darlene Jennings

September 30, 2020

Thanks for being such a great uncle to my daughter and granddaughter. And you were a friend to my father in the National Guard and a friend to me.

~ Charles Fromal

September 30, 2020

I am so sad to hear about Les' passing. What a amazing man. We became friends immediately, and this photo is of us coaching his son, Kevin. I cherished those days, and learned so much from him. RIP, my Brother, you will be so missed!

~ Donald Fallen


October 01, 2020

I am saddened to learn of the passing of my father-in-law, Les "Big Pops" Puckett. He is now at peace and in full health, surrounded by his family and friends who left before him. He never met a stranger ,and it was an honor and a privilege to have been part of his life. I will miss you terribly, and until we meet again, with love,
Marla Adelman Puckett


October 01, 2020

Mrs. Puckett, Matt and I are so sorry your loss. Mr. Puckett was such a sweet man, and we will miss his laugh and kindness. We will cherish the memories our families had together. May his memory be a blessing.

~ Valarie and Matt Blaes

October 01, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Puckettís passing. Praying for your family as you go through this time, that God's perfect peace will carry your family.

~ Scott Williams

01, 2020

The Puckett family
Sorry for the loss of your loved one.

Will miss Lesís sense of humor and smile. He was a wonderful person.

Fly high, Les.

~ Lynn Goodson

October 01, 2020

Rest In Peace, Big Daddy. I am so glad I had the privilege to know you. You were an amazing husband to Becky, father to Kevin and Ronnie (both of blessed memory), father-in-law to Marla, and grandfather to Abbey. My thoughts are with the Puckett Family.

~ Pam Adelman

October 01, 2020

You will be dearly missed, Mr. Puckett. Iíll always reminder our visits to The Homeplace in Catawba while Kevin and I were at  Va. Tech. May peace be with Mrs. Puckett and your family.

~ Jeff West

02, 2020

Les was a friend and NNHS classmate that I will always remember forever. We kept in touch frequently after our high school days and I enjoyed all of our conversations. He was always at all of our class reunions and I treasure these memories! I miss you so much, Les !! Rest in Peace!

~ Terry Elvington

02, 2020

I was fortunate to have met Mr. Puckett through his son and my friend, Kevin, back in my college days. I'll always remember his down to earth nature, love of music, and sense of humor. My condolences during this time.

~ Julie DoBias

02, 2020

What an amazing and wonderful man, all those blessed enough to know you will miss you terribly. I will always remember your beautiful music that you shared, your smile, and that ever present twinkle in your eye. They say people always remember how you make them feel, and you were the kind of man that made everyone around you feel accepted and like family. I'm glad I got to meet you and hear your stories. Praying for your family who will surely miss you most. Your songs, your spirit, and your legacy of kindness will live on.

~ Lisa Semones

October 03, 2020

He was the finest man ever.

~ Kay Cox

09, 2020

So sorry for the loss that the family is feeling, but he is now in a better place. Les was one of a kind and a good friend as we were a team in the pipe x-ray department. Wished we had stayed better connected after our retirement. Rest in Peace.

~ Curtis Rook

October 09, 2020

I will always remember Les as someone deserving of respect and more importantly, respectful of others. He was always so thankful for even the smallest task I could help him with, and made me want to do even more for him. I don't think he ever met a cup of coffee, person, dog, or a good story that he didn't like. With his tall stature you could say he was a mountain of a man, but more than anything, he was a man of the mountains. RIP

~ Garry Bunting

October 16, 2020

My condolences go out to Mr. Puckettís family and friends, that he considered also to be family! I was so fortunate that he considered me, and my mom, part of his family. The world is certainly going to be much less joyful without his presence. He had a kindness about him that just made you want to be a better person. Never a bad word was spoken, and he always saw the good in everyone. I always loved his sense of humor! I know that when we were at the beach house years ago that he never got that darned water bug that was running everywhere! With a gleam in his eye he ďpretendedĒ he got it, paper towel in hand, and assured everyone he did. Found out later that he never got that bug! I loved that he found Ronís childhood pranks funny, and never could bring himself to punish him when he say, threw a party when his parents were not home. Actually found humor in it. I was able to share some time with him when I was in town for Patís services, and am so grateful that I had the chance to be in his presence while he sang and played music. He would change some of the words to Goodnight Irene (my momís name) with a gleam in his eye! He simply loved life, his family, his pets, and all of his beloved friends. He was so easy to be with, and just one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure of knowing, and someone I would like to emulate in so many ways! Thank you for spreading all the good that you did while in this world.

Irene and Melissa Rowe

~ Melissa and Irene Rowe

October 19, 2020

Les, I know you are now able to enjoy music all the time. Although your obit did not mention your poetry, I remember your sharing the poems you produced during your all night truck deliveries. You were a great friend to your NNHS 1958 classmates, and we enjoyed your faithful attendance at our class reunions. You are in my thoughts whenever I enjoy lunch at Lil's.

~ Joseph Drewry

October 26, 2020


October 26, 2020



  Our deepest condolences are extended to Les' family, friends, and classmates at this still difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Whispering Hope

Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne (11 May 1827 - 22 Nov 1902), 1868

"Alice Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the mid-19th century.
Winner went from the bird calls of "Listen to the Mocking Bird" to the doggerel nonsense
of "Oh, Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" to the gentle and optimistic "Whispering Hope."

Soft as the voice of an angel
Breathing a lesson unheard;
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word.

Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done;
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering Hope,
Oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart
in its sorrow rejoice.

"Whispering Hope" midi (Sequenced by Grandpa Schober) and lyrics
courtesy of - 06/20/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of Ė 03/15/05

Guitar Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05.

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