James Hunter "Jim" Pugh, III, 53, of Middletown, died on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Theresa Ann Zell Pugh.|
Born June 8, 1960 in Olney, he was a son of J. Hunter Pugh Jr and Mary Loretta Offutt Pugh, of Walkersville, and a grandson of the late Judge James Hunter and Kathryn Pugh and the late Leonard Jerome and Mary Loretta Offutt. Jim was a 1978 graduate of Walkersville High School and received his degree in Criminology from Auburn University in 1983. His professional career was spent in real estate appraisal work and he was associated with J. Hunter Pugh S.R.A. and later was a principal in the Pugh Real Estate Group. For over 30 years, he specialized in commercial real estate appraisals in Montgomery and Frederick counties.
Jim was a longtime member and past president of the Rotary Club of Rockville, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the board of Montgomery County Crime Solvers.
He was a member of Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Libertytown; and was a former member of Saint Raphael's Catholic Church, Rockville, where he was very active in church activities including teaching at the Parish and coaching the CYO High Girls Basketball team. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim loved youth athletics and coached baseball, soccer and softball in various leagues in Montgomery and Frederick counties. He was also a passionate cyclist and for many years played and coached the Washington Air softball team of the Montgomery County adult league.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by three children, Clare Veronica Pugh, James Hunter Pugh IV, and Brigid Ann Pugh, all of the home; four siblings, Mary Edwards and husband, Joel, of Richmond Hill, GA, Julia Roller and husband, Craig, of Charlottesville, VA, Michael P. Pugh and wife Caroline, of New Market, Alonnie Ropp and husband Brian, of Middletown; and 21 nieces and nephews and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6 to 8pm on Monday, April 21 at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Tuesday, April 22 at Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 9190 Church Street, Union Bridge (Libertytown) with Father Jason Worley, celebrant. Interment will be in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Libertytown.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donation to the Patty Pollatos Fund, Inc, (James Pugh Fund), 11102 Eagletrace Court, New Market, MD 21774-6704; www.ppfinc.org.
Online remembrances of Jim may be shared with the family at keeneybasford.com .
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Apr. 16, 2014
Published in Print in The Frederick News-Post on Apr. 16, 2014