Eugene Bernard Puckham peacefully submitted to the will of Almighty God on Thursday, Oct. 21 in the comfort of his home. He was the third son born to the late Robert and Anna Waller Puckham on Aug. 7, 1936. 

Gene attended Paul Laurence Dunbar School in Laurel for grades K-9, and then William C. Jason High School where he graduated in 1954. He attended Delaware State College for three years and played baseball. He joined the U.S. Army and served one tour of duty in France. He also played baseball while in the service. He was honorably discharged in 1960. When he returned home, his dream was to try out for the Philadelphia Phillies. He confessed that he missed tryouts because his girlfriend Hattie didn’t want him to leave.        

On April 26, 1963, Eugene was joined in holy matrimony to Hattie Cooper. To this union were born four children: Victor, Tamar “Tammy,” Forrest, and Anna “Amy.” 

He was employed at the DuPont Plant in Seaford from 1960 to 1963. Then, he was employed at Kraft (General Foods) in Dover for 30 years. Gene retired from General Foods in 1995 and then worked another 15 years as a caregiver for his wife as she battled Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

Eugene was a faithful member of New Zion United Methodist Church where he dedicated his life to Christ in 1996. When he could no longer physically attend, he still worshiped God through his giving, daily prayer, and devotions.    

Gene was always a competitive person; not only did he play traditional sports – football, basketball, and baseball – he was very competitive in non-traditional sports as well. He loved to shoot pool, pitch horseshoes, bowl, play cards, and ping-pong. He bowled for years in a General Foods League.   

In later years, his absolute favorite pastime was his family, especially playing Pitty-Pat and UNO with his granddaughters, bidding on the Price is Right’s showcases, watching the “Stories” with his daughter, and the MLB channel.  

Gene leaves precious memories with his two daughters, Amy (Tyrone) Handy of Laurel and Tammy (John) Williams of Millsboro; and two sons, Victor (Iris) Puckham, and Forrest (Verdine) Puckham both of Laurel. He also leaves memories with 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  Loving memories are left with sisters-in-law, Armelia Puckham of Wilmington, Lorraine (Donald) Hitchens of Laurel and Gwendolyn Twine of Norfolk, VA; first cousins, Betty (Rodney) Boyd of Cambridge, MA, Judy Manns of Bear and Beverly Richardson of Texas. He will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Services were held Saturday, Oct. 30 in Salisbury at Bennie Smith Celebration of Life Center. Professional services were entrusted by Bennie Smith Funeral Home.