In the year of our LORD, nineteen hundred and twenty-eight, a precious and extraordinary jewel, Catherine Elizabeth Carter, was born on Friday, January 13th to Eunice Garrison and Tommie Carter in Camden, South Carolina. She was the third-born child of four, having two deceased brothers, John Thomas Carter and Albert Sammy Carter. Catherine lived a life that included high moral values guided by the Omnipotent presence of THE HOLY SPIRIT, and this created the character of Catherine. Her character included courage; though she was small in stature, she encompassed the endurance of a giant. Her dependability was the epitome of 1John 2: 5, “But whoso keepeth HIS Word, in him verily is the love of GOD perfected: hereby know we that we are in HIM”; and not only was she dependable, but she was a woman who loved mankind and always provided service toward humanity. Her character also included empathy, equality, fairness, fidelity, forgiveness and generosity toward her neighbors, her friends and especially toward her family.
Catherine attended Mather Academy, a private school in Camden, South Carolina, and after graduating high school, matriculated to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from Shaw University. After completing college, she journeyed to Seminole County, Georgia, for employment. Here she met and married the love of her life, Martin Douglas Pugh Sr., in the year of 1952; he cared for his queen affectionately for 57 years, and within this union they were blessed with a son. She earned a Master of Education Degree from Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida, and taught in the Seminole County School System for thirty years before retiring.
Catherine Pugh was a devoted member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, serving as a Deaconess, teacher and pianist for Sunday School, and on the Missionary Society. She also was a member of the Senior Choir and Chairman of the Kitchen and Decorating Committees. Additionally, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Catherine Pugh grew to love her hometown and contributed toward countless Community Service organizations. She delivered Meals On Wheels; distributed Commodities; served on the Cancer Board, the Board of Equalization, and the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) Board; was Chairman of the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council and the Neighborhood Service Center; and Organizer of the Salvation Army Christmas Bell Ringers in Seminole County.
Catherine Elizabeth Carter Pugh traded mortality for immortality–assuring her loved ones that, “I am okay; I am just fine”–and peacefully slipped away. She leaves to cherish beautiful memories a devoted son, Martin Douglas Pugh Jr. (Christine); four grandchildren: Martissa Renae, Friedon Tequis, Martin Douglas III (Elizabeth), and Thomas Carter (Kenyetta); all of Donalsonville, Georgia; twelve great grandchildren: Rashad, Jordan, Amyia, Tyler, Kystyn, Andra, Bryce, Timmie, Ke’Shaun, Ethan, Gavin, and Kaitlyn whom she lovingly called “Kate”; one loving sister, Laura Jones of Camden, South Carolina; and one sister-in-law, Alice Pugh of Thomasville, Georgia. She is loved by a host of loving nieces, nephews, and many loving-caring friends who shall miss her immensely.