2017-01-05 / Obituaries


Minister Michael Dewayne Pugh, age 59, was born in the Toddtown community of Grove Hill, Nov. 6, 1957 to the late Verta Bernice Chapman Pugh and the late Merritt Pugh, who raised and nurtured him into adulthood. He departed this life Dec. 31, 2016 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center.

He received Christ at an early age and united with Pine Chapel No. 2 Baptist Church in Grove Hill. He later united with Good Hope Baptist Church of Salitpa. After several years, Minister Pugh united with Word of Truth Church of Jackson.

He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. Minister Pugh was a poet, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and he enjoyed watching Bruce Lee movies.

In the early 1990s, he accepted his call into the ministry of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was united in Holy Matrimony to Mary Ann Gladney Dec. 8, 1999 and they enjoyed 17 blessed years.

He was a 1976 graduate of Clarke County High School and later furthered his education at Selma University in Selma. He retired after more than 20 years of employment with the city of Jackson.

In addition to Mr. Merritt and Verta Pugh, he was preceded in death by his biological father, Samuel Preston “S.P.” Chapman, and a brother, Greg Chapman.

He will be cherished in the hearts of his loving and devoted wife, Mary Ann Gladney Pugh of Jackson; three sons, Randy M. Gladney of Jackson, Abe (Barbara) Miller III and Paul (Tiffany Hill) Gladney, both of Montgomery; one daughter, Latonya Gladney of Jackson; birth mother, Lovie C. Barney of the Toddtown community; two sisters, Marilyn (Richard) Burrell of Toddtown and Patricia (Elvis) Boman of St. Stephens; five brothers, Elder Darius (Yvette) Chapman and Herman (Mary) Chapman, both of St. Stephens, Thomas D. Chapman and Carl L. Chapman of Toddtown and Samuel (Siesta) Chapman of Slidell, La.; one stepbrother, Roy (Willie Mae) Nobles of Mobile; 12 grandchildren, one very devoted, Jakayla Lanier of Jackson; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

Viewing will be Friday, Jan. 6, from 2-6 p.m., at Andrews Funeral Home. Viewing will also be possible on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 until the 11 a.m. service at Pine Chapel Baptist Church No. 2, Toddtown Road, Grove Hill. There will be Military rites at graveside. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Condolences to the family at www.andrewsfuneralhomejackson.com, and on Andrews Funeral Home Facebook page. Andrews of Jackson will direct. (51-1tp)

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