Carolyn Beaver Puckett, 87, of Rockwell, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018.
She was born May 30, 1931, in Rockwell, to the late William Arthur and Ruth Lowrance Beaver. Mrs. Puckett was a 1949 graduate of Rockwell High School, a 1953 graduate of Catawba College with a degree in elementary education and a 1983 graduate of UNC Charlotte with a Masters Degree in Education.
Mrs. Puckett taught elementary education in the Salisbury City and Rowan County Schools for 34 years at Wiley, Faith, Lincoln, and Overton Elementary Schools. During integration of the Salisbury City Schools, she was the first white teacher to teach at the previously segregated Lincoln School.
A lifelong member of Ursinus United Church of Christ in Rockwell, she was active with the Women's Guild, the church choir, and served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. In the community, she was active with Rockwell Women's Club, Rockwell Civitan Club, Meals on Wheels, Alpha Delta Kappa, and the North Carolina Association of Educators. Mrs. Puckett was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed giving. She loved growing her own roses and making floral arrangements for others.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Jack, Ray, Mabel, and Drucilla.
Mrs. Puckett is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jean Puckett; sons, Steve Puckett and wife, Karen, of Salisbury and David Puckett and wife, Teresa, of Harrisburg; four grandchildren, Meaghan Puckett of Winston-Salem, Courtney Puckett of Salisbury, Grace Puckett of New York City, and Graham Puckett of Wilmington; and great-grandson, Leo Puckett of Salisbury.
The family will greet friends and relatives from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday, December 3, 2018, at Powles Staton Funeral Home in Rockwell.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at Ursinus United Church of Christ in Rockwell, conducted by Rev. Catherine Costello. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Historic Rockwell Museum, PO Box 35, Rockwell, NC 28138.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Puckett family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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