Ralph "Pete" Puckett
Ralph Varney "Pete" Puckett, 93, of Lynchburg, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021. He was the husband of the late Helen Foster Puckett for 69 years.
Born in Lynchburg, on June 5, 1927, he was a son of the late William Henry Puckett Jr. and Minnie Wright Puckett. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Warren Puckett; and sisters, Ruby Gray Puckett (infant) and Virginia Conti.
Left to morn his passing is a loving sister, Ann Pillow; a son, R. Les Puckett (Laurie); three grandsons, Cody Puckett, Kyle Puckett (Meagan) of Holly Ridge, N.C., and James Evan Puckett (Holly); three great-grandchildren, Sarah Puckett Moore (Hunter), Carter James Puckett, and Aidan Thomas Puckett; two great great-grandchildren, Aryana Craft and Kynslie Moore, many friends and caring staff at Valley View Retirement and dear friend and neighbor, Sammy Guthrie.
Pete was retired from Bank of America, having begun his banking career with First & Merchants Bank. He also worked part-time after his retirement for Diuguid and Heritage Funeral Service. He loved sports and played in various baseball and softball leagues in and around Lynchburg. Pete loved to hunt, and spent many wonderful days afield with hunting buddies, including his son. Try as he might, his son Les was unable to get his dad interested in fishing!
Pete was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having joined at age 17 and served in the Pacific Theater until the close of the war. He was a long-time member of Thomas Road Baptist Church, having served as an usher and deacon.
"Fair winds and following seas, Dad. Until we meet again."
A graveside funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Fort Hill Memorial Park by the Rev. Jonathan Falwell with military honors provided by American Legion Altavista Memorial Post 36 and Gretna Post 232.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Lynchburg Humane Society, 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.
Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, (434) 239-2405 is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com
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Published by The News & Advance on May 5, 2021.