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01/09/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Katie Dawson Puckette

Katie Dawson Puckette
(03 Aug 1917 -  05 Jan 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have even more sad news today. 
  Katie Dawson Puckette, mother of Andrew Puckette, Douglas Puckette, and Larry Puckette (63) of VA, and mother-in-law of    Dianne Adams Puckette (65) of VA, passed away in Hampton on Monday, January 5, 2009 at the age of 91.

From the Daily Press - 01/09/09:   

                   Katie Dawson Puckette


HAMPTON - Katie Dawson Puckette, 91, went to be with her Lord on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

She will be dearly missed by all who were privileged to have known her. She never met a stranger and was a friend to all.

Katie was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., on Aug. 3, 1917, and had been a Newport News resident for many years.

Katie worked for many years as a seamstress and retired from the Newport News Children's Dress Company. She was also a member of Orcutt Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Puckette.



She is survived by three sons, Andrew Puckette and wife, Rhonda, Larry Puckette and wife, Dianne, and Douglas Puckette. She was grandmother to Jennifer Turnage and husband, Michael, Jeff, Nicholas and Jessica Puckette and like a grandmother to Rhonda's sons, Randall Bradbury Jr. and wife, Gwynne and Richard Bradbury. She was a great-grandmother to Hunter and Hannah Turnage and to Taylor and Dylan Puckette. She is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Esteppe and Delia Tanner; and special friends, Nancy Crane, Mary Lou Giles and Ellen Lupton.

'We will deeply miss her and we thank the Lord for all the years she was a part of our lives.'

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Baxter Lane, Newport News, VA 23602.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in the Puckette family cemetery in Campbell County, Va.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 1/8/2009 - 1/9/2009.
Guest Book

Thursday, January 08, 2009

We're so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandmother. May God bless and comfort you.
Albert and Fran Ray, Newport News, Virginia

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I enjoyed Katie's smile and humor when she was on the van riding to church. She was always warm and friendly and had kind words for everyone. We have been missing her ever since she moved to Coliseum Park. We all know she is in a better place now but we can't help missing her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Pam Chalkley, Newport News, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009

To the Puckette Family,
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear, please know that the thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
In reading the blog written by Jennifer about her grandmother and in listening to Jeff tell stories of his grandmother, I could feel the love from each of them. May your memories of her keep you strong during your time of grief and carry you through the sorrow. Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved mother/grandmother. May God bless and keep you strong during this difficult time.
Jennifer & Phil Davis, Newport News, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009

To the Puckette Family,
Words can not express my sincere sympathy for your loss. I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Katie Puckette but, I can tell that she was a great grandmother from the stories Jeff has shared with me. Although she is no longer here this day know that her memories will always be in your hearts to share with others. Know that she is watching you from above and keeping you safe. She will surely be missed by all. Our prayers are with the Puckette family at this time. May God keep you strong at your time of grief.
Heredith & Hori Garvey, Hoffman Estates, Illinois Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Thursday, January 08, 2009

Andy, Rhonda, J.R. & Richard,
We are so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Katie was such a special lady, and I feel so blessed to have known her. She will be missed by many. Our prayers and sympathies are with you during this difficult time.
Katie Godin, Hampton, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Andrew, Larry, Doug, and families, please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. We didn't know Aunt Katie very well, but Mama has always spoken well of her and remembers her fondly. You are in our prayers.
Lisa (Reynolds) and Charles Stone, Marshall, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Larry, Dianne and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a parent is a difficult passage. I know that you will miss your Mother. You will be in our thoughts and prayers..
Pauline and Charles Shofner
Pauline Shofner, Newport News, Virginia

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Andrew, Larry, Doug, Rhonda, and Dianne... You all are in my prayers. I remember many times together (kids) when we were young, and can always recall Aunt Katie's sweet smile. We all will miss her, but know that she is now smiling once again. I pray God will comfort you all during this time. Sorry I won't be at the service, due to a virus.
Becky (Reynolds) & David Glass
Becky Glass, Lynchburg, Virginia Contact Me

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Andrew, Rhonda, Larry, Dianne, Doug and all the grandchildren--We have many fond memories of Katie. We both loved Katie very much and will always remember her delicious cooking. I never will forget the summer Mary, Hester & I went to Myrtle Beach for a week. We surely enjoyed this time spent together and Katie was so much fun to be with. I also have fond memories of her when I was still growing up. In fact, Cecil & I took my father to visit Henry & Katie for one weekend and Cecil purposed to me that weekend while .in Newport News.
Our memories are a gift from God--I know each of you have many fond memories of Katie and in the days ahead they will help you get through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and I'm so sorry we will not be able to attend the service and see each of you. We love each of you and remember to come to see us.

Virginia & Cecil Reynolds
Virginia Reynolds, Lynchburg, Virginia

Thursday, January 08, 2009




Thursday, January 08, 2009

Douglas, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I remember her very well as well as your Dad. The thing I remember the most is walking in front of the TV while your Dad and brothers were watching it. i think we were in the third grade. I never did that again. It's been a long time since I've seen you. I hope all is well. Take care old friend. Again, I'm sorry for your loss. If you are of a mind, my number is in the Gloucester phone book.

Phil Pernell, Gloucester, Va.
Phil Pernell, Gloucester, Virginia Contact Me

Friday, January 09, 2009

To the Puckette Family,

I had the wonderful opportunity to be acquainted with Katie at the nursing home visiting my mom. She shared a room with my mom at the beginning and then sat at my moms table for dinner. We fell in love with her from the very beginning. I will also cherish our friendship and will never forget her. We had many enjoyable conversations and they all led to our families. She was always so happy and positive. She loved her three sons and talked about them often as she did other family members. She is definitely a role model to follow and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to have known her. She will live forever in my heart. What a great personality she had, such a great zest for life and such a beautiful smile. If there is anything I can do, please let us know.

Karen Onks and Lucy Zember
Karen Onks, Hampton, Virginia Contact Me


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Puckette's family and their friends at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

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