M. D. Putnam, Jr.

  • Born: March 19, 1918
  • Died: February 15, 2015
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

The J. F. Floyd Mortuary

235 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Tel. (864) 582-5451

Tribute & Message From The Family

McDuffie "M. D." Putnam, Jr., 96, of Roebuck, SC, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015, following a brief illness. A native of Spartanburg County, he was born March 19, 1918, the son of the late McDuffie Putnam, Sr. and Lillian Sprouse Putnam.

M. D. was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Furman University. After serving as teacher and principal in Greenville County, he was employed by Spartanburg District Six Schools as principal of Roebuck High School and Roebuck Jr. High School, and as assistant superintendent. After retiring with 43 years of service, he continued to be actively involved with school and community activities.

A faithful member of Roebuck Baptist Church since 1953, he served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent for 28 years, later established and led the Adults Unlimited Class, and also served on many committees. Considering it a privilege to serve as Deacon for many years, he was named Deacon Emeritus at Roebuck Baptist Church.

M. D. was a member of Spartanburg Lions Club since 1983 and recipient of the Lions International Melvin Jones Award. He was active with the Roebuck Improvement Association serving as vice president for many years.

Surviving is his wife of 71 years, Jo Thomas Putnam; daughter, Mary Ann Catafygiotu (Tom); granddaughters, Tiffany Catafygiotu and Megan Howard (Ryan); great-grandchildren, Macyn and Camden Howard; sister, Dorothy Putnam Turnley of Greenwood, SC; brother, Bill Putnam (Marie) of Columbia, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews. M. D. was predeceased by one brother, Donald Putnam; and one sister, Lucia Putnam Snipes.

Visitation will be 1:00-2:45 PM Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Roebuck Baptist Church, 1979 E. Blackstock Rd., Roebuck, SC 29376. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM, at the church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Tim Williams, the Rev. Ondra Black, and the Rev. Monty King. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307.

Memorials may be made to the M. D. Putnam Scholarship Fund, Spartanburg County Foundation, 424 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302; Kingdom Investment Strategy, RBC, PO Box 490, Roebuck, SC 29376; or a favorite charity.

The family is at the home.

Floyd's North Church Street Chapel


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sending love and prayers to each of you. A lifetime of fond childhood memories will always be cherished. May God provide comfort to you all during this difficult time.

Posted by The Family of Lewis & Jessie Mae Porter (Smith, Tommy and Jim) - Pickens, SC - Friends & Neighbors   February 23, 2015

Knew Mr Putnam when I worked in Roebuck at Prydes and Hardees restaurant. If you ever work at a Hardees, you get to know all the older folks. Mr Putnam was a regular customer and great man to get to know. I'm sure Roebuck will miss him greatly.

Posted by Larry Hines - Lyman, SC - Friend   February 20, 2015

I worked with "Put" many years ago at the District Six Office. I was in a work study program when I was going to Dorman. I will for ever remember his joking and laughter with all the other men at the office. He always had a smile for everyone.
I am so sad to see that he has passed but comforted knowing his is in heaven. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time in your lives.

Sincerely with Love,

Cynthia Swann

Posted by Cynthia Plemmons Swann - Lincolnton, NC - Friend   February 20, 2015

Mary Ann,
We worked together at Wellford Elementary.
...wishing you peace and comfort in the memories that you hold dear of
your dad.
With deepest sympathy,
Judy Watson

Posted by Judy Watson    February 19, 2015


Sending love and prayers to each of you. A lifetime of fond memories of McDuffie. We love you, Sloan and AnnaKing Gray

Posted by Sloan and AnnaKing Gray - Spartanburg, SC - Cousin   February 18, 2015

Mr. Putnam was a great influence in my life.
I came to Roebuck in the ninth grade and graduated in 1958.

Posted by Horton Landreth - Cliffside, NC - Former Student   February 18, 2015

Roebuck High School students were blessed to have such a caring man as our principal. Because of his leadership we enjoyed a SAFE and HAPPY high school experience.

Posted by Janice Palmer Moss - Spartanburg, SC - Former student   February 18, 2015

Mrs. Putnam, Mary Ann, and Family:

Sheryl and I are praying that God will provide you with the comfort and guidance needed during this time. I know that Mr. Putnam is in heaven now because he was a wonderful witness of God's love. My mother and father certainly enjoyed the friendship they had with your family while they were alive. It was a privilege to work for him when I lived in Roebuck.

Austin Bobo

Posted by Austin and Sheryl Bobo - Anderson, SC - friends   February 18, 2015


So many great memories of Mr Putnam.He was a wonderful principal as well as a great friend.My prayers are with the family

Posted by JoAnn Smith - Statesboro, GA - friend from Roebuck high school   February 17, 2015

Mary Ann, how do I know you? I'm a '72 graduate of Dorman, but feel like we know each other through work. I'm retired from Dist. 5.

Didn't know your Dad since I attended Fairforest, but sounds like a great man! Sorry for your loss.

Donna (Goodman) Hancock Thigpen

Posted by Donna Thigpen - Inman, SC - acquaintance   February 17, 2015


I will never forget Mr. M.D.Putnam as my principal while I was in school. One of the wisest men I know. Then after becoming an adult he was always a great friend. He always took time out to talk to me and my family when we would see him out and about. He always gave great advice to my boys as they came through elementary school. He was Grandfather Eagle at Roebuck Elementary. The children loved him! So glad I knew him! Your work is done but you will live on in all of us who were blessed to know you! I am praying for you the family! I pray the Lord will comfort you all in the days to come! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and Godly man with us all! I will never forget him!

Posted by Debby Henderson - Spartanburg, SC - Former student and friend   February 17, 2015

To the family my prayer is that you have peace and comfort during this time. Mr Putnam was a dear kind man that loved many. God bless

Posted by Judy Pearson Sherbert - Spartanburg, SC - friend   February 17, 2015


Mrs. Putnam, Mary Ann and Family,

All of you are in my prayers during this difficult time.
Mr. Putnam was a great man and friend. He will be truly missed.
My daddy (Charlie Puette) and Mr. Putnam were such wonderful friends both working together and at Roebuck Baptist. I know they are in Heaven now having a great time praising our Lord.

Angie P. Foster

Posted by Angie Foster - Roebuck, SC - Student and friend for many year   February 17, 2015


Remembering "Put" with fond memories! What an outstanding man he was! He'll truly be missed! God bless his family, friends and all who knew him. He blessed so many lived!

Posted by Freida Corbin - West Columbia, SC - Co-worker and friend   February 16, 2015

No words can express how very sorry I am to hear of your loss. "Be still and know that God is with you every step and moment. He is leaving such a great legacy for you all.

Posted by Martha (Lee) Drake - Duncan, SC - Former student   February 16, 2015

Mrs. Putnam, Mary Ann, and family. We were saddened to hear of Mr. Putnam's passing but grateful for his great influence and solid Christian faith. Know that you are in your prayers.

Posted by James Rudy Gray - Easley, SC - friend   February 16, 2015

Mrs. Putnam, Mary Ann, and family. We would saddened to hear of Mr. Putnam's passing but grateful for his great influence and solid Christian faith. Know that you are in your prayers.

Posted by James Rudy Gray - Easley, SC - friend   February 16, 2015