Former Mayor, Founding Member of La Vergne Passes Away


Former mayor and one of the founding members of the City of La Vergne City Council A.C. Puckett has passed away. Mr. Puckett died on Wednesday, September 4th. He was 94 years old. ­

A.C. Puckett was instrumental in the development and incorporation of the City of La Vergne in 1972. He served as one of the original members of the City Council. He served as vice mayor from 1972 until 1980 when he was elected to the office of mayor which he served in until 1984. He then remained on the council as a commissioner until the charter was changed in 1988. He then served as vice mayor again until his term ended in 1990.

“His impact on the city is huge, being one of our city’s ‘founding fathers’,” says Mayor Jason Cole. “I deeply valued his friendship and advice, which began when I ran for political office. A.C.’s generosity with his knowledge, insight and time is well known and incredibly helpful.”

Visitation will be Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Miracle Baptist Church, 5361 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne, TN 37086. The funeral service will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Miracle Baptist Church following a visitation at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Gideons International or to the Miracle Baptist Church Golden Offering.

Mr. Puckett began serving as Postmaster in 1952 which, in turn, established the La Vergne Post Office. He retired in 1987. He served in the Tennessee National Guard from 1944 until 1977 with the rank of Lt. Colonel, helped form the Smyrna/La Vergne Rotary Club and also helped establish Miracle Baptist Church. In 1980, Mr. Puckett connected the City of La Vergne with La Vergne, Lot, France as part of the Sister Cities program. Most recently, Mr. Puckett served on the La Vergne Housing Authority from 2000 to 2018 and the La Vergne Library Board from 2006 to 2008.

Mayor Cole continued, “Even after serving the city for almost two decades, AC Puckett served others through community organizations like the La Vergne/Smyrna Rotary. He is the definition and standard for the term ‘public servant’.”

Mr. Puckett was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Louise Williams Puckett. He is survived by his sons Mark and Stephen Anthony, and his six grandchildren.

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