George Edward Puckett, 85, of Southern Pines, passed peacefully Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Elmcroft Senior Living, in Southern Pines.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m., at Boles Funeral Home, in Southern Pines. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan; their children and spouses, Mark, Lee and Sally, Kevin and Julie, Beth and Jon; his sister, Linda Moore; along with many very dear nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also the proud “Nuppie,” Grandpa and Pop-Pop to Andrew, Chris, Sarah, Rachel and T.J. He was preceded in death by his loving brother, Stuart; and daughter-in-law, Cindy.

George was born and raised in North Holston, Va., March 24, 1934. He spent the early years of his life growing up in the hills of Virginia, where he met the love of his life, Joan, when they were very young. They were married on July 2, 1955, in North Holston.

George went earned his Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in engineering, from Emory and Henry College in 1956, and shortly thereafter started working for DuPont/Remington Arms in Richmond, Va. It was during one of his first assignments with Remington Arms, in Ilion, N.Y. that he and Joan began the loving family they are so proud of today.

George thoroughly enjoyed a career with DuPont/Remington Arms for 35 years. He held positions in engineering, manufacturing, personnel, quality, safety and eventually, plant manager. Throughout his career, he relocated to upstate New York, Connecticut, Arkansas and Pennsylvania; but it was his love for the game of golf and all things Southern that brought Joan and him to the Sandhills. The world was full of “good ladies” and “partners” that he met along his journey.

In addition to being a golfer, he was a woodworker, a skill he learned from this father. Over the years, he made many beautiful, hand-crafted pieces to include porch swings, cedar chests and baby cradles when his grandchildren were born. Also, for his grandchildren, he made baby doll high chairs and swings, piggy banks, and a “ride on” train. We are comforted in knowing that while Alzheimer’s may have clouded his memory, he never, ever forgot that he was loved and cherished by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Operation Barbeque Relief, https://operationbbqrelief.org/; or the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org. Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.

Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.