Elder James Edward Pugh, 66, of Apalachicola, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 15, 2020 in Apalachicola.

Born Oct. 15, 1953 to Jimmie Lee Pugh, in Grove Hill, Alabama, he furthered his education in the Gulf County schools after serving for three years in the U.S. Army.

On July 24, 1983, he married the love of his life, Alma Lynn Floyd, and the couple had three children, Michael, Tanicia and Mario.

Elder Pugh worked for the Port St. Joe Paper Company for about 20 years, and then worked for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, retiring after 17 years as a lieutenant.

Beginning in 1979, he served the Love Center Church Holiness Church of the Living God, where his service spanned more than 40 years, including Sunday School teacher and superintendent, and as senior elder.

Elder Pugh leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 36 years, Alma Lynn Pugh; sons Elex Pugh, Michael Pugh and Mario Pugh; daughter Tanicia Pugh-Bell (Courtney), and Felicia Rhodes and James "PoPo" Pugh; brothers Wayne Pugh and Cleave Pugh; a host of grandchildren, all of whom he had a special love for; nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jimmie Pugh; and brothers Tommy Lewis Pugh and Joe Foster.

Public visitation was Sunday evening, April 19 at Covenant Word Christian Center International, Apalachicola.

Celebration of Life was Monday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Magnolia Cemetery Pavilion. All social distancing measures were in place.

A motorcade in Pugh's honor departed from his residence at 454 23rd Street, in Apalachicola, on Monday morning, April 20. All were welcome to participate.

A special Facebook Memorial Page has been created for those who wish to express their condolences and/or share videos or photographic memories of James with his family:

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the comforting ministry of R. Damien Davis and the Evans-Walker Funeral Home staff.