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The Cherryville Eagle

Frances Putnam

Jan 17, 2020 08:55AM

Frances Putnam


CHERRYVILLE – Frances Elizabeth Furr Putnam, 91, of Cherryville, died Jan. 8, 2020 at her home. She was born in Macon County on Aug. 25, 1928, daughter of the late Dr. Walter Eugene and Burdell Williams Furr. She was the Valedictorian of her class from Franklin High School, attended Women’s College in Greensboro, and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was an educator at Cherryville High School, having taught Chemistry and Biology. Mrs. Putnam was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, North Carolina Education Association, and the Cherryville Garden Club. She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Joe Billy Putnam; five sons, Dr. Bill Putnam (Jackie) of Jacksonville FL., Walter Putnam (Pamela) of Charlotte, Bob Putnam (Sharon) of Cherryville, Harry Putnam (Tanya) of Charlotte, and John Putnam (Anne) of Charlotte; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dr. Walter Furr, Jr., of Miami, FL; James Furr (Annette) of Burlington, NC; and Katherine Reid of Wilmington, NC. 

A Memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 at 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Zack Christy officiating. The family received friends at the church on Sunday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., and at other times at the home. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, NC, 28021; Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby, NC, 28150; or Cherryville High School Education Foundation, P.O. Box 301, Cherryville, NC, 28021.

Condolences may be made to

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