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Melville Eugene Pugh

November 28, 1938 ~ March 11, 2018 (age 79)

Mr. Melville Eugene Pugh, age 79, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Coffee Regional Medical Center from a brief illness.

Mr. Pugh was born on November 28, 1938 in Alliance, Ohio the son of the late Eugene Pugh and Ruth Martin Pugh.  Mel graduated from Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio and attended Kent State University. While employed at TRW in Minerva, Ohio, he continued his education at Mt. Union College. He began at TRW in Minerva as a an x-ray interpreter and was the second person within the whole of TRW to be certified to interpret film of Pratt and Whitney high pressure turbine blades or film achieving 1% sensitivity levels. He was made Senior Interpreter and then X-ray Department Supervisor. In 1976 he became certified to Pratt & Whitney Aircraft’s level III testing and was promoted to X-ray Department Manager with approximately 25 to 35 people reporting to him. While in Minerva he also became level III for Lave diffractional x-ray used to located crystal orientation for mono-crystal orientation for mono-crystal blades made there. Mel came to Douglas in May of 1982 as a Quality Engineer and x-ray level III to expand his knowledge of the casting business and was a quality engineer with the Aerospace Industry spending over 50 years as an employee of TRW, Inc. and PCC Airfoils. He was a member of Alliance United Methodist Church and was attending Satilla Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Pugh.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Joye J. Pugh of Douglas, GA; four daughters, Shannon Wenzel and husband Joe of Alliance, Ohio, Sharree Bench and husband Jeff of Alliance, Ohio, Anne-Marie Moore and husband Rick of Alliance, Ohio and Tiffany Martiq and husband Marvin of BeLot, Ohio; two sons, Greg Pugh of Alliance, Ohio and Chris Pugh and wife Angie of Alliance, Ohio; aunt, Jane Stahl of Alliance, Ohio; thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild; two nieces also survive.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Satilla Baptist Church with Rev. William Pope officiating with Rev. Tim Mock at the graveside. The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the church. Pallbearers will be Larry Hutto, Ken Nadler, Fred Book, Collin Toogood, Byron Gillispie, Art Coffee, Ray Ricketson,Todd Cook and Dan Johnson. Prelude and postlude music will be by Robin Vickers.

 Interment to follow at Satilla Cemetery.

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Sims Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.




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