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Gwendolyn Putnam

Sep 20, 2019 08:10AM

Gwendolyn Putnam 

CHERRYVILLE – Gwendolyn Hobbs Putnam, 97, of Dallas – Cherryville Hwy., died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Peak Resources. 

Gwendolyn was the daughter of the late James D. and Lela Kendrick Hobbs. She was born July 28, 1922 and lived in Gaston County her entire life. 

She was a graduate of Mt. Holly High School, Mars Hill College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Sociology degree. She also attended Lenoir-Rhyne College to obtain a teacher’s degree.

Gwen married Raleigh Putnam, Sr. on May 30, 1945. She was employed over 12 years a social case worker for the Gaston County Department of Social Services in Gastonia. In addition, she was employed for 20 years at Tryon Elementary as a 4th grade teacher.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cherryville and was their church organist for 25 years. She served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Women’s Missionary Union, and held various offices on several church committees.

Being a charter member of the Village Garden Club, she held most of the offices in that civic organization at one time or another. She was voted “Gardener of the Year” in 1987. A member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Gwen served as secretary-treasurer for over 11 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a former member of Cherryville Readers Club, and on the Board of the Cherryville Historical Museum.

Survivors include one son, Captain (Ret.) Raleigh Putnam Jr. (Charlotte) of Sunset Beach, N.C. In addition, she had three grandsons, Travis (Stephanie) of Wilmington, Trenton (Tiffany) of Virginia Beach, and Todd (Ashton) of Winston Salem. She also had three great-granddaughters: Kailey Brooke, Emma Jean, and Anna Kirsten Putnam of Wilmington. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007, Raleigh J. Putnam, Sr. of 62 years, and two sisters, Jerry H. Welborn of Lexington, N.C., and Janet H. Anderson of Cherryville, N.C.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Cherryville, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner. Her family received friends prior to the service from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Burial followed in Cherryville City Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Cherryville for the Christian Outreach Center.

Condolences may be made to

Carpenter – Porter Funeral & Cremation Services served the family of Mrs. Putnam.