Minister Penkie Lee (Fountain) Pugh began her journey in life May 5, 1924, born to Elisha and Carrie Fountain, one of eleven children, in Tunnel Springs, Alabama. She was educated at Monroeville County Training School, Beatrice, Alabama. Upon completion of High School, she married Pastor Washington Pugh, Sr., and soon after relocated to Cantonment, Florida. Her vision, and persistence for continued education led to her receiving a diploma in Biblical Studies and Theology, American Baptist Theological Seminary, and the creation of the R.E. Cotton Scholarship Fund for kids continuing their education beyond High School.
Our matriarch was also a faithful servant in the ministry as an Associate Minister, at Greater First Baptist Church, Cantonment, Florida. During her several decades as a church member, she served in several ministries to include the Senior Choir, the Missionary Board, and was one of the founding members of the Junior Choir and Male Chorus, in which she led for almost two decades. Ms. “Pinkie”, as referred to in her community, organized the first Homeowner’s Association, as highlighted in the Pensacola News Journal. Her love for her own children and those in the neighborhood often prompted her to plan activities via the church such as Hayrides to the beach, to keep them grounded.
Our Mother spent a large portion of her career as an employee in the cafeteria, at St. Regis (Champion/International Paper), and eventually retired from Monsanto Textile Company, Gonzales, Florida, in 1984.
Penkie (Pinkie) Lee Fountain Pugh’s heritage and lineage is strong and long. She birthed and raised ten children: Washington (Ann) Pugh Jr; Alma (Ernest) Strong; Isalean (McEarnest) Moorer; Issaac Pugh; Joseph (dec. 2015) (Lydia) Pugh; Charles Pugh; Carrie Armour; Willie Riley (Mary); Michael (Karen) Riley; and Shirley (Alfred dec. 2017) Dees; thirty-one grandchildren, a multitude of great and great-great grandchildren; a god daughter and a myriad of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and loved ones.
One of mother’s favorite sayings was, “It’s nice to be nice, anybody can act ugly.” We celebrate and commemorate her with one of her favorite scriptures, “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. Our mother departed her completed purpose on earth for eternal life with our heavenly father, on Saturday, August 13, 2005.
We will always love, remember, and commemorate Penkie Lee Fountain Pugh. Your Children!
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