of Bono, AR
May 26, 1926 - July 25, 2020
Robert E. Puckett, of Bono, Arkansas, died after a brief illness on July 25, 2020, he was born on May 26, 1926, in Bono, Arkansas, to Robert L. and Fanny N. Puckett. Robert began work at the shipyards in Seattle at 16 years of age. His military career began when he joined the Marines in August 1944-July 1946, Army December 1946-June 1948, and Air Force July 1948 until he retired on July 31, 1969. Robert was a hero, he was in active combat during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. After retirement from the Air Force, he went to work as an electrician in manufacturing, later gaining his license in commercial Heating and Air conditioning. He attended college in 1979 and graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He continued working in manufacturing until he began substitute teaching in many local area schools. Robert was a husband, father, brother, son, uncle, friend, and teacher. He liked cheese puffs, beer, a good bourbon, crackling cornbread, ham and beans, and any pastry made by ''Little Debbie''. Robert collected ''stuff'' and also books, lots of books. He read every day, often in more than one book. He loved reading and he instilled in his family and friends the love of a good story. His life as a soldier, electrician and teacher was a ''good story''. As a Sergeant he was a leader of men and as a teacher, a leader of minds. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy K. Puckett, daughter Sharron Puckett Bradford, and son, Carl Puckett. He was predeceased by his two children, Catherine Emerson and Robert Puckett II, his parents, Robert L. Puckett and Fanny N. Puckett. Robert was the brother of Maxine Roberts, Dean Douglas, Nadine Etheridge, Betty Saint (dec.), Barbara Puckett (dec.), Naomi Burkett, Ernest Puckett and Bill Puckett. Robert had 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was a lifetime member of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Disable Veterans Chapter 26, of Jonesboro Arkansas, Lifetime Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and attended the United Church of God. As our oldest living relative at 94, he will be missed as the patriarch of our family. He often said a line from a poem, ''old soldiers never die they just fade away''. Pop left an impression on so many of us, our memories of him will never fade away.His ashes will be interred in a graveside military funeral in October. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Disable Veterans Chapter 26, P.O. Box 195, Jonesboro, AR 72401, Forever Young, a senior veterans organization, P.O. Box 1381, Collier, TN 38017 or Oakridge Cemetery P.O. Box 416, Bono, AR, 72416. Services are under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro, AR.Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/Jonesboro
I can only offer our support and love to you Carl. What a true hero in all aspects of life he was. The world is less of a place without him. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends. If there is anything at we can do to help, anything at all. Don’t hesitate to ask. We Love you Carl Puckett
Sharron, Carl and Nancy,My heart aches for all of you!! Uncle Sam was a wonderful man, full of stories, so interesting!, humor and love. I am so Blessed to have all the best memories of him. You are all being lifted up in my prayers for some Peace and Comfort! I love all of you!! Gwen, Mark and Eva
Mr. Puckett was one of my favorite substitute teachers! He was the sweetest and always told us the greatest stories. I, along with all of my other classmates, miss him very much. We thank him for sharing his love of learning with us.
So sorry to read of your father passing, Carl! It certainly sounds like he had a rich character and I'm sure he will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences & prayers for you & your family!
I am So sorry for your loss. Mr. Puckett subbed at my school. I am A teacher and I always Enjoyed talking to him, hearing his stories, and learning about his family. Mr. Puckett was such a kind man and loved his family and country so much. He will truly be missed.
I am so sorry for your loss. "Uncle" Robert and "Aunt" Nancy were always a joy to be around. He was a wonderful man and will be missed!
Mr. Puckett was such a sweet and very interesting man. I loved hearing his wonderful stories of his life experiences. He will be missed.