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John Pugh, we’re going to miss you

Larry Penkava
Larry Penkava

I knew John Pugh before he was a legend.

John died Sept. 10, 32 days from his 102nd birthday.

I grew up in the community where John had established an Esso service station and a heating oil distributorship. He was a self-made man, working a full-time job in a textile factory while building up his business.

John Pugh
John Pugh

I had known of him from early in my life but got to really know him as a young husband and father. In 1976, I was living in Greensboro when I took a job in Asheboro, near where I grew up. I knew that, with a family, I had to find a place to live close to my work.

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Dessert under the elms

Larry Penkava
Larry Penkava

Dear Uncle Ambrose and Aunt Victoria:

Gopher Woods experienced its first citizen’s arrest the other day.
It was bound to happen, according to Horace “Barney” Moffitt, our lone law enforcement officer. Barney has long decried the lack of driver etiquette in our fair hamlet.

“I could see this coming since the night the Yank first drove his Harley down Main Street, revving his engine at 2 o’clock on a Sunday morning,” Barney said as he hitched his belt that tends to sag with all the attached law enforcement accoutrements.

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