Woodward, Okla. —
Dwight Pugh 78 year old Woodward resident died Sunday, February 13, 2011 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday February 18, 2011 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Orville White officiating. Dwight’s ashes will be scattered at sea near the Virgin Islands.
Dwight Gene Pugh was born on July 21, 1932 in Shattuck, Oklahoma; the son of Harry Cleo and Jessie Dawn (Williams) Pugh. Dwight and his family lived in Gage until November of 1944. He lived with his grandparents for a year before moving with his family to Arlington, Virginia. Dwight graduated in 1950 from Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. After graduation Dwight went into the United States Navy on March 2, 1951. He served his country on the USS Howard D. Crow as a Damage Control Man for four years. He was honorably discharged on February 28, 1955.
Dwight was united in marriage to the prettiest girl he had ever seen, Betty Jo Spates on May 2, 1953. Dwight and Betty made their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, where Dwight was stationed at the time. They were blessed with three children, Teresa, who was born on April 2, 1955, Tamara who was born on May 24, 1959, and Daniel who was born on August 27, 1965. After his discharge, Dwight and Betty moved back to Arlington, Virginia where Dwight worked as a cabinet maker. Two years later the family returned to Gage, where Dwight built his family a new home from the ground up. Dwight farmed and raised cattle and in the late 1960's he went to work for the American Milk Producers. He helped build the Woodward Grace Plant and in 1980 was elected County Commissioner for District 1, Ellis County and served for 14 years. In 2005 Dwight and Betty bought a home in Woodward and have lived here since that time.
Dwight was a mason, he was involved in the Rotary Club and had served three terms on the Gage School Board. He enjoyed gambling and being with his family which made him so very proud.
He is survived by his loving wife Betty Pugh of the home; one son, Daniel Pugh and wife Leslie; grandchildren, Blake Burkhart of Norman; Kasi Burkhart; Rylie Pugh; Caitlyn Crawford; great-grandson, Paxton Stewart all of Woodward; daughter, Tammy Styles and husband Tony; grandchildren, Kasey Styles; Kortney Norman and husband Shahn of Woodward; Jennifer Wells and husband Ryan of the Virgin Islands; Nicholas Taylor of Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Braxton Styles; Neely and Ridge Norman; daughter, Teresa Hoff and granddaughter Aimee Hoff of Newbury Park, California; his sister, Hazel Dawn Shryock of Woodward and family, LaVoe Seaton and husband Bill of San Diego, California and family; brother-in-law, Robert Spates of Woodward and family; sister-in-law, Nancy Gibson of Leesburg, Virginia and family; sister-in-law, Kay Humphrey and husband Hubie of Middleburg, Virginia and family; brother-in-law, Ronald Spates and wife Judi of Bryson City, North Carolina and family; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step father, Edgar Oakley and his brother-in-law, Edward Shryock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com