A.C Puckett, a founder of the City of La Vergne, died Wednesday. He was 94.
Puckett was instrumental in the incorporation of the City of La Vergne in 1972. He served as one of the original members of the City Council. He served as vice mayor from 1972 until 1980 when he was elected to the office of mayor which he served in until 1984. He then remained on the council as a commissioner until the charter was changed in 1988. He then served as vice mayor again until his term ended in 1990.
“His impact on the city is huge, being one of our city's ‘founding fathers’," current La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole said. “I deeply valued his friendship and advice, which began when I ran for political office. A.C.'s generosity with his knowledge, insight and time is well known and incredibly helpful.”
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 6, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Miracle Baptist Church, 5361 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne. The funeral service will be Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Miracle Baptist Church following a visitation at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Gideons International or to the Miracle Baptist Church Golden Offering.
Puckett began serving as Postmaster in 1958 which, in turn, established the La Vergne Post Office. He retired in 1987. He served in the Tennessee National Guard from 1944 until 1969 with the rank of Lt. Colonel, helped form the Smyrna/La Vergne Rotary Club and also helped establish Miracle Baptist Church.
Puckett was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Louise Williams Puckett. He is survived by his sons Mark and Stephen Anthony, and his six grandchildren.