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.
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.