Gene Puckett was a giant among Baptists. He knew the rock from whence we were hewn and he proclaimed our bedrock principles with conviction, clarity and grace. In my nearly two decades of knowing Gene I found him to be a great encourager who was always ready with a positive word. He was a genuinely good man and a faithful friend. I thank God for every remembrance of him.
When I became editor of the Religious Herald in 1992, Gene was one of the first persons who called to offer good wishes and friendship. On many other occasions he called to affirm my work, lament some event in our denomination or chat about our mutual work as Baptist state paper editors. He wrote clear prose and challenging ideas even when he knew his candor would come back at him in the form of critics. His commitment to a free press among Baptists made us better. I am grateful for his faithfulness to the Gospel, his authentic witness and his devotion to family. It is an honor to have been his friend. God bless you Robbie and family. Know that Vivian and I have you in our prayers.
Robbie and family, please know of our sympathy, love and prayers for you. Gene was a friend, a mentor and a hero to me. Only my commitment to a family wedding in OK prevents me from joining you Saturday at FBC, Raleigh, to remember and to thank God for the gift of Gene's life.
On behalf of Campbellsville University, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Puckett and family. Mrs. Paula Smith, CU's alumni relations director, recently visited with the Puckett's in their home and presented Mr. Puckett with the Campbellsville University Leadership Award and Medallion in recogntion of his many accomplishments and Christian servant leadership. He was a giant among Baptist leaders and was one of the foremost Baptist journalists of the modern era. We are grateful for his abundant life, servant's heart, and many accomplishments. We are praying for Mrs. Puckett and family.