- March 19, 1918 - February 15, 2015
- Spartanburg, South Carolina
of M. D.'s Passing
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“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...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: The Family of Lewis & Jessie Mae Porter (Smith, Tommy and Jim) - SC
“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...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Larry Hines - Lyman, SC - Friend
“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...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Cynthia Plemmons Swann - NC
We worked together at Wellford Elementary.
...wishing you peace and comfort in the memories that you hold dear of
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4 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Watson
“Sending love and prayers to each of you. A lifetime of fond memories of McDuffie. We love you, Sloan and AnnaKing Gray
5 of 17 | Posted by: Sloan and AnnaKing Gray - SC
“Mr. Putnam was a great influence in my life.
I came to Roebuck in the ninth grade and graduated in 1958.
6 of 17 | Posted by: Horton Landreth - Cliffside, NC
“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...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Janice Palmer Moss - Spartanburg, SC
“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...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Austin and Sheryl Bobo - Anderson, SC
“So many great memories of Mr Putnam.He was a wonderful principal as well as a great friend.My prayers are with the family
9 of 17 | Posted by: JoAnn Smith - Statesboro, GA
“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...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Donna Thigpen - Inman, SC
“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...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Debby Henderson - Spartanburg, SC
“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
12 of 17 | Posted by: Judy Pearson Sherbert - SC
“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...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Angie Foster - Roebuck, SC
“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...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Freida Corbin - West Columbia, SC
“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...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Martha (Lee) Drake - Duncan, SC
“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. ...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: James Rudy Gray - Easley, SC
“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....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: James Rudy Gray - Easley, SC
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