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Dorothy Davenport Puckett

Dorothy Davenport Puckett

Dorothy Davenport Puckett

Dorothy Davenport Puckett passed into heaven on August 17, 2018 at 9:56 am. She fought a courageous 10-year battle against Dementia, and today is perfected in her heavenly home. She was 88 years old.

Dorothy lived in Amarillo, Texas for 68 years. She was born on June 14, 1930 to Robert and Dexie Davenport in McMinnville, Tennessee. Dorothy moved to Amarillo, Texas with her husband Gene Gillette in 1950, working as a delivery nurse at Northwest Texas Hospital.  She was hired by the firm of Dr. Howard E. Puckett, Dr. EA Rowley & Dr. Kenneth Flamm, where she worked as their office manager until retirement in 1985.  She divorced from Gene Gillette in 1968, and married Dr. Howard E. Puckett on December 7, 1976.  They remained married until Dr. Puckett’s passing on August 18, 1989.

Dorothy was a proud recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award from her Rotary Club. She received numerous distinctions as a realtor, while balancing her efforts with ownership in Puckett Antiques on 6th Street.

Her greatest love was teaching Sunday School, and sharing her faith with others. She was first a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, teaching classes with a number of Air Force young couples, with whom she has remained lifelong friends. She would later join First Baptist Church in 1964 and she has remained a member up until her passing.

She is preceded in death by her Husband Dr. Howard E. Puckett 08-18-1989.

She is survived by her son Greg Gillette, his wife Jane, and son Jacob Gillette, all of Amarillo, Texas.  Her sister Ruby Newby and her husband Wayne in Decatur, Alabama; four nieces, Terri Patterson and her husband Larry of Decatur, Alabama, Becky Bryars and her husband Rev. Jim Bryars of Mobile, Alabama, Lesa Minton and her husband Bill of Decatur, Alabama, and Andrea Newby Bolton and her husband David of Decatur, Alabama.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas with Dr. Howard Batson officiating.  Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.


  • Barbara Mcallister Posted August 18, 2018 4:10 pm

    Dorothy was a mentor, a teacher, a friend that I adored. She referred to a group of us as her kids even after we were all grown and married. A true Christian woman that will be missed by so many.

  • Wade pohlmeier Posted August 19, 2018 2:21 pm

    We are going to miss her so much she was a good friend to all, all all of her friends Wade linda and Lunda Stewart 8 AM and Ruth Davis

  • Andrea Burke Posted August 19, 2018 3:23 pm

    Dorothy was my Sunday School teacher for several years during my elementary and jr. High years. She kept moving up as her son, Greg, moved up which gave me that tremendous blessing of having her for a teacher more than once. She would always admonish us girls to stay pure and live like the Lord wanted us to live. I can hear her saying in her genteel southern accent, “Girls, girls….” encouraging us to live our lives for the Lord. She was my favorite teacher. As she got older, she still remembered me. We went out to eat frequently and I enjoyed spending time with her until she could no longer live by herself. She was truly a beacon of light to many young girls.

  • Kae Rae and Stan Austin Posted August 19, 2018 6:48 pm

    Some people in your life you just never forget! Sunday School teacher, encourager and friend! She was that to me and many others!! She’s at home and reaping the joy of her salvation! Prayers for her family ~ Love and Hugs, Kae Rae and Stan

  • Bonnie and George Snell Posted August 19, 2018 9:26 pm

    We became friends with Dorothy while sharing many times visiting our family member at The Craig. She marked our hearts and we are grateful.

  • Betty Trotter Posted August 20, 2018 7:01 pm

    Dorothy was a good friend and I will miss her.

  • LINDA POHLMEIER AUGUST 21, 2018 Posted August 21, 2018 9:56 pm

    We will miss her spirit and honesty. She was a blessing in my life and a joy to be with. She was a cheerleader in every way for God’s grace and kingdom. Dorothy was our true friend.

  • Linda Snapp Posted August 24, 2018 6:41 pm

    Greg, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and the family. We hope you find comfort know that your Mom is at peace. Blessings

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