Jack Augustus Putman

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Jack Augustus Putman went to be with his Heavenly Father and Savior on October 2, 2021 at the age of 87.  He was born on January 29, 1934 in Hughes Springs, TX to Cecil Madison Putman and Iva Lou Phillips Putman.  He was the oldest of eleven children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil M. Putman and Iva Lou Putman; three sisters, Lilly Lee Nix, Hilda Syrena Jackson, and Clara Lou Myers; one brother, Cecil Winfred Putman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Putman; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Mike Hampton; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Steve Putman, Mike and DeAnna Putman, Randy Putman and LeeAnn Johnson, all of Hughes Springs, TX; 10 grandchildren, Jaysen Putman, Amy Blackwell (Justin), Jenna Long (Jeff), Jamie Putman, Jarrod Hampton, Erin Finn (Brian), Dillon Putman, Dana Kelley (Stone), Sadie Putman (Toni) and Cori Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Jack, Allison, Tripp, Jaycee, Kaysen and Mitchell; sisters, Gwendolyn D. Walsh, Cora Lee and Gerald Roach, Beatrice Ross and special friend, John Wallace, Shirley E. and Clint Mitchell; brothers, Toney G. and Sharon Putman, Phillip W. and Marilyn Putman.

Dad and Mom were married March 20, 1954, and after several years, they established Putman Construction Company.  He did work throughout the surrounding areas, clearing land, building roads, lakes, dams, and working with the Lone Star Steel Company.  He had many friends and associates in the business.

He was a pilot and flew for approximately 55 years.  His love for aviation was unbounded.  He and Mom would take trips and Dewey and Martha Moore, Lilly and Truman Nix would fly along with them.  

Dad was adventurous, loved outdoors and nature, all animals, especially dogs.  He always had a dog.  He enjoyed hunting and taking trips with his sons, grandsons and friends to Nebraska, Kansas and other places.  He loved reading, especially history.  Whenever people came around, he shared his remarkable stories and would talk for as long as he could get them to listen.  He had a strong memory and would recall many things, even as early as three years of age.  I was always amazed at his memory.

At an early age he started working on the farm helping his parents plant, harvest and bring in the crops.  Being the oldest of eleven children he learned how to work physically hard in order to help his family.  He had a strong work ethic and expected it of others.

Dad was a big, strong man, that stood out.  People noticed him.  He had a twinkle in his eye just like his Mom and he was always ready to tease, joke, or tell a story that would make you laugh.

He was a very moral man and loved Mom so much.  They had a rich, full life together.  In the last few years, as their health began to deteriorate, their roles changed and he began to cook, do laundry and domestic chores to the best of his ability, in order to care for her.  He loved gardening and always had a beautiful garden in spite of his health.  He was eager to share produce with his family and friends.

Dad had known Jesus as his Savior for a number of years.  He made a public profession of faith at the age of 84 and was baptized and became a member of Hughes Springs Missionary Baptist Church.  He said he knew he should have done this a long time ago.  He loved the Lord and was greatly blessed.

He had several tragedies in life and had a hard time dealing with them.  Upon entering Heaven's Gates he can now rejoice with a very special person that he has been wanting to see and talk to for a long time, his daughter-in-law, Tammy Skinner Putman.  What a reunion they are having.

The family thanks Bro. Larry Neeley and Dorothy for their friendship and love of our Dad and Bro. Neeley's witness of Christ to Dad.  Thanks to all of his family and friends for their devotion to him.  Thanks to Advantage Home Health for the wonderful nursing care and friendship to Dad.

He will be truly missed until we meet again.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to WOW (Women of Worship) or the Music Program at Hughes Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 8, 2021 at Sardis Cemetery with Bro. Brian Finn, Bro. Larry Neeley and Bro. Michael Stewart officiating and under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs.

There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the funeral home for family and friends to view and sign the registry.

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  1. Sending love and peace to my family and all his friends. You will be missed Uncle Jack. I heard many stories over the years from mom and my other family about his shenanigans being the oldest sibling our of 11 kids. Hope you are rejoicing with all that have gone before you. God Bless all the family and take care of Aunt Betty.

  2. Remembers Jack used to fly his Cessna 310 into the old Mt. Pleasant Airport that my father JD "Red" Roper used to manage back in the 80's and 90's. Thoughts and Prayers for the family. Fly high Jack!!!

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Jack always took care of my sister, Rheta, just like a father. He will never know how much we did appreciate all he did for our family. God bless!

  4. So sorry for your loss, I've known most of the Putman most of my life Mike and Deanna I went to school with. Randy I knew as the boy who picked at us on the school bus. Just know that you all are in my prayers and thoughts for the loss of your father.

  5. My condolences to the family and friends of Jack Putnam. Growing up with Beatrice, Shirley and Phillip, I was often a visitor in the Putman home. We attended Hopewell together’many fond memories.
    Jack Putnam was ‘bigger than life’ to me. Kind of like a John Wayne !!! I know he will be greatly missed. I’m Praying that the Lord Jesus provides comfort and peace to the family, knowing that Jack is safely HOME.

  6. We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Jack passing, he was one of a kind and a man who will truly be missed.. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Jack Putman was one of a kind,who had a big heart, very kind, never met a stranger and a great love for his family, especially his grand kids….so sorry for your loss

  8. Uncle Jack will be missed. He was a great man. Prayers to Betty and the family.

    With love, the Lewis Family

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