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- Published on 13 March 2013
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Thomas Dwayne Puckett passed away on March 9, 2013 in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Center of Rehabilitation. He was 65 years of age.
Mr. Puckett, who grew up in Mt. Vernon, graduated in 1965 from Mt. Vernon High School as Salutatorian of his class, and was editor of the
school annual and the school newspaper, The Tiger’s Tale. He then attended TCU where he graduated in 1969 with a triple major in History, German and French. Thereafter, he attended the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he received his JD degree in 1972. While in law school, Mr. Puckett clerked for the law firm of Spencer, Whalen and Graham, general counsel to the American Institute of Architects. Following law school, Mr. Puckett was the law clerk to the Honorable Judge Edward A. Beard of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Following his clerkship, Mr. Puckett did post-graduate legal work at
University of Paris, Paris, France. While in France, Mr. Puckett worked as legal counsel for Lansdowne Limited, investment bankers, then joined Ralston Purina at their European headquarters offices in Brussels, Belgium as international European counsel until he was transferred to their world headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Thereafter, he worked in a variety of private practice positions in St. Louis as well as Texas.
Mr. Puckett was confirmed into the Episcopal Church in 1973 and
remained quite active therein throughout the remainder of his life. He
taught Sunday School, headed Acolyte and Usher programs, and was a member of the Vestry in both Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium. At the time of his death he was a member of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston.
Mr. Puckett was listed in the Social Register and the Dallas Social
Directory, and was a member of MENSA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Edna Puckett, both of Mt. Vernon. He is survived by his two children, Eve Elizabeth and James Cornelius, both of Houston, a sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Fred Banda of Needville, Texas, and by two nieces and a nephew.
Graveside services were held in Mt. Vernon on March 12, 2013 with
Rev. Terry Matthews, St. William Laud, Pittsburg, Texas,officiating