Born 3-13-1926 -- Died 12-9-2007
Leland Morris Puckett died Dec. 9, 2007, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark. He was born March 13, 1926, at Calamine, Ark., the son of Earl Ditzler and Dora Minnie Voyles Puckett.
He was retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. He served through World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Putting his life on the line during World War II was his greatest mission. He later became a Navy Recruiter in Clovis, N.M., before retiring and returning to Arkansas. After-wards he went into the nursing service and worked at the Fort Roots VA?Hospital in North Little Rock, Ark., while living in Jacksonville. He then retired permanently and moved to Cave City before settling in Batesville. Leland was an avid genealogist having documented his Puckett lineage to 1432.
He is survived by: his wife of seven years Dolores Gillihan Puckett; one son, Langley Puckett and wife Kim of Batesville; five daughters, Sue and husband Glenn Bailey of Indianola, Miss., Carole Jones of Little Rock, Cherrie and husband, Bob Arnold of Batesville; Terry Colter also of Batesville and Nita Carol Tyson of Ridgely, W.V.; three sisters, Maureen Nugent of Judsonia, Ark., Edna Ford of Hot Springs, Ark., and Ima Neil Nugent of Stuttgart, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, Gary, Bryan, Marvin, Kristina, Amber, Christopher, Deanna, Charles, Tommy, Meagan, Sydney and Misty; and 13 great-grandchildren, Katie, Corinna, Ashley, Cody, Kane, Tony, Chance, Benjamin, Kaine, Bailee, Izaiah, Hailey and Emma.
He was preceded in death by: the mother of his children, Dorothy Henderson Puckett; a son, Leland Charles Puckett; seven brothers Walburn, Olaf Orus, Earl Jr., Kenneth, Troy and Alvin Puckett; and one sister, Jewelean Lane.
Funeral services were held Dec. 13 at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City with Deacon Mike Cumnock officiating. Burial followed in Wilkerson Cemetery with arrange-ments under the direction of the Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Gary Jones, Marvin Elmore, Christopher Colter, Tony Levisee, Tommy Puckett, Charles Puckett and Langley Puckett.
Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Elmore and Anthony Croslin.