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Gary Pugh

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Obion, with Cryer Funeral Home in Obion in charge of arrangements.
Eugene Hudgins officiated and the Tennessee National Guard unit chaplain, Thomas Pigg, played “Taps” and presented the flag to the family.
Pallbearers were David Pugh, Robin Wood, Eric Frilling, Trey Wood, Nathan Pruitt, Seburn Puckett and Ron Walsh.
He was born Oct. 30, 1961, and grew up in Obion County. His parents were Rachel Juras of Martin and the late Ernest Pugh of Obion. He served his country as a U.S. Army infantry paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Richardson in Alaska.
He later served in special forces as a Green Beret. He received training in Alaska and Germany and in December 1989, he participated in Operation Just Cause, the first combat jump since World War II, onto Torrijos International Airport in Panama.
He was a longtime employee of Wood Communications, working and supervising tower and ground crews and operating various equipment.
A motorcycle enthusiast, he was an avid mechanic of cars and motorcycles and could always be found riding his Hay Abusa Crotch Rocket Sports Bike.
He is survived by his mother; his son, David Ray Pugh; his granddaughter, Jocelyn Harper Pugh; his ex-wife and friend, Sheila Huey Pugh; and his siblings, Julie Pugh of Dayton, Ohio, and Ricky Pugh and Tanya Pugh, both of Union City.