10/24/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Les Puckett
Leslie Alonzo Puckett
Newport News High School Class of 1958
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 Legacy.com 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 https://blueridgemountainpucketts.shutterfly.com when finalized.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com.
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 HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne (11 May 1827 - 22 Nov 1902), 1868
Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the
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.
Oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart
in its sorrow rejoice.
Hope" midi (Sequenced by
Grandpa Schober) and lyrics
courtesy of http://oldkunnel.net/whisperinhope.html - 06/20/07
Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 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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