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Howard "Gene" Putnam

October 30, 1950 ~ November 20, 2022 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Howard “Gene” Putnam, 72, of Orangeburg, S.C. and formerly of Kings Mountain, N.C. passed away on November 20, 2022.  He was born in Cleveland County, N.C., son of the late Max Kester Putnam and Ruth Hambright Putnam Early.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Dale Putnam, Terry Putnam, son, Brent and daughter Aundria Putnam.  He was a member of Patterson Grove Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, N.C.  He owned and operated and was the trainer of Rivers Turn Kennel in Orangeburg.  Gene loved providing obedience and customized retriever training.  His dogs Sampson, Annie and Sambo often competed in retriever competitions with many ribbons and trophies to attest his training skills.  Gene was a great uncle to several nieces and nephews and supported their educational and sports endeavors.  He has gone to camp, coached boy’s baseball and served as a referee in soccer.  Gene was an avid fisherman and enjoyed teaching boys and girls how to fish, while Gene loved the outdoors, his indoor love was shooting pool.  Gene touched the lived of many through his life’s journey and he will sadly be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Smith Putnam; granddaughters, Trinity and Deanna of N.C.; brothers, Phillip Putnam (Vivian), Roy Putnam (Debbie), Dennis Putnam (Terry) all of Kings Mountain, N.C. and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Jim Broad will be officiating.

Memorials may be made to Tunnels to Towers Foundation at 2361 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, N.Y. 10306 or to the Wounded Warrior Project at P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or to a charity of one’s choice.


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Celebration of Life
December 3, 2022

12:00 PM
Thompson Funeral Home, Inc.
1012 Whitman Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115

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Howard "Gene" Putnam

October 30, 1950-November 20, 2022

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