Clyde — In the quiet early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 Mont Millard Putnam, 89, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, was surrounded by his precious family as he passed peacefully into his Heavenly home.
Mr. Putnam was born June 9, 1924 in Haywood County to the late George Putnam and the late Ethel Wright Putnam and was raised in a home filled with happy memories treasured forever. Growing up in the mountains that he called home were indeed special to him and his love of fishing, playing his guitar and blue grass music were an important part of his life. Mont met his true love, Lucy Jenkins, and together they began a treasured life and were blessed with four children that brought them great pride and joy. In the words of their children, “We are who we are today, because of our parents, Lucy and Mont."
His employment included Ward Piano Company of Canton, where he worked side-by-side with his brothers and later was employed with Reed Oil Company in Waynesville. Mr. Putnam retired from Dayco Corporation in Waynesville where he formed many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. A man of strong faith, he was a dedicated member of Clyde Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. Visitors were always welcome to the Putnam home and one could often find Mont working in his garden, watching NASCAR races or sometimes reading a favorite book. He loved his grandchildren deeply and their special memory of his gift of coins — state commemorative quarters — that he gave to each of them will never be forgotten. Mont never met a stranger and he was always ready for a “good joke” to share with friends and family. His family referred to him as a “saint of a man” who cherished his wife, children and grandchildren with all his heart and soul and his daughters-in-law and sons-in-law were loved just as if they were his own. Later in the day Wednesday, the heavens poured tears of rain, as to lament the loss of our precious Mont here on earth. Yet, we know that God needed him more and we will hold his memory in our hearts and know that he will remain a part of us forever.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Virgil Putnam and William “Bud” Putnam.
Surviving are his loving wife of 64 1/2 years, Lucy Jenkins Putnam; his children, Don Putnam and his wife, Cindy Putnam of Waynesville, the Rev. Gary Putnam and his wife, Geneva Putnam of Waynesville, Brenda Barnes and her husband, Hoyt Barnes of Waynesville and Rita King and her husband, Roger King of Canton; 11grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; his sisters, Lucy Franklin of Waynesville, Edith Downs of Waynesville, Laura McCrain of Hickory, Janice Silvers of Canton and Loretta Head of Canton; and his brother, Hugh Putnam of Hickory.
The Putnam family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Silver Bluff Village and especially to Angelina and Patty for their love and care given to Mont.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Ted Reeves and Mr. Mark King will be officiating. Burial will be in Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Serving as pallbearers are Don, Shane, Aaron and Ryan Putnam, Chris Barnes and Mark King. The family will be receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Putnam family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.