Nina Ruth Puckett

May 13, 2024

Nina Ruth Puckett passed away in her home at the age of 91 on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. She passed peacefully on Mother’s Day surrounded by family and gospel music.

Nina was born in Smithville, TN on June 18th, 1932 to Will and Ella Turner. She grew up on the family farm with her 8 brothers, Aubrey, Wilson, Morris, Johnny, Donald, David, Kenneth, and Sam, and one sister, Arrieta Sue. Nina attended Jacobs Pillar Church, Oak Grove Elementary School, and DeKalb County High School. Nina married Bobby Lee Puckett in 1955 who was a dear partner of 59 years and the love of her life. They moved to Lebanon, TN in 1969 and raised 2 children, Donna Gail (Ron Casamer) and Dudley Lee. Nina was a devout Christian, living by faith and leading by example. She was a member of Westland United Methodist Church and taught Mother’s Day Out at First United Methodist and First Baptist Church for many years. She also served as a Wilson County Election Official. Nina was a cherished “Granny”, with 4 granddaughters, Valaree (Jay O’Connor), Victoria (Noah Barratt), Eliza Lee and Nina Marie. She has 4 great-grandchildren, Sparrow, Wiley, Violet and Nora, and one on the way, baby boy O’Connor. She was a remarkably nurturing and generous spirit who was deeply cherished and fiercely loved by her family. She will be remembered for her steadfast presence, generous heart, sweet humor, sassy spirit and amazing home cooking. A remarkable woman: always remembered, and forever our angel.

The family will receive visitors at Love-Cantrell Funeral home on Tuesday, May 14th from 10am to 1pm. The funeral service will be held at 1pm with Bro. Ric Lee officiating and a graveside ceremony will follow at Whorton Springs Cemetery.

In honor of Nina, donations may be made towards advancing a cure for dementia through the Alzheimer’s Association.

Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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