Dr. Raeford Theodore Pugh Sr.

November 11, 1932 - November 13, 2021
Dr. Raeford Theodore Pugh Sr.

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Dr. Raeford Theodore Pugh, Sr of Washington, NC passed on Saturday, November 13, 2021. 

Raeford was born on November 11, 1932, in Randolph County, North Carolina to Von and Flora Cox Pugh.  He graduated from Franklinville High School in 1949 and earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957.  After an internship and service in the United States Army, he moved to Washington, NC in 1961 where he practiced family medicine for 37 years. The staff in the hospital and office were dear to him and he felt honored to care for so many people in the community and beyond.

In 1956, he married Ruth Aileen Vaughn in Chapel Hill, NC.  Their years together were full of good times with special friends, travel, and family. Ruth preceded him in death in 2011. He was also preceded in death by a son, Roy Vaughn Pugh, his parents and brother, Charles R. Pugh.

He is survived by his children: Dr. Raeford T. Pugh, Jr. (Susan) of Clemmons, NC; Laura Pugh Bliley (Trip) of Washington, NC; and Jill Alyssa Davies (Glenn) of Colmar, PA.; granddaughters: Alyssa Wood, Annie Troutman, Allie DiBona, Meredith Price, Michelle Davies and Katie Price and great grandchildren: Gabriella DiBona, Clay and Micah Troutman, and Hudson Wood. He is also survived by brothers: Bobby L. Pugh of Elon, NC; Donald L. Pugh of Tallahassee, FL and Claud E. Pugh of Knoxville, TN.

The family would like to express our appreciation for the care that he received from Lorraine Mason and Linda McLain.  

Visitation will be at Joseph B. Paul Jr Funeral Services, 4500 Highway 264 East, Washington, NC on November 17, 2021, at 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Masks are requested.

Graveside services will be held at Oakdale Cemetery with Dr. Greg Barmer officiating on November 18, 2021, at 2:00pm. 

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to either the Vidant Beaufort Hospital Lights of Love by clicking the link below


or The First Baptist Church by clicking the link below


Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service Washington Funeral & Cremation are honored to be assisting the Pugh family.

Graveside Service

Thursday, November 18, 2021
2:00 PM

Oakdale Cemetery

Visiting Hours

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. & Washington Funeral & Cremation
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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  • November 15, 2021
    Marianna Jackson says:
    I loved this man. He was the best doctor and an all around good guy to me and my mama. I think about him just about every time I go to the doctor and wish for good ole doctors like him. I am sorry to see he has passed. May he have a blessed eternity.

  • November 15, 2021
    Deborah & Ernie Cook says:
    My mother lived a much longer life under his care. He was not just her doctor but her friend. He also directed my husband many years ago to the back surgeon he needed. After years of pain, in one day he was pain free. He was a good soul.

  • November 16, 2021
    Cathy craig says:
    Thoughts are prayers are with the family at this time with the loss of Dr. Pugh. Dr. Pugh was a good man, physician and friend. Always with a smile and kind word.

  • November 17, 2021
    Jeff and Pam Mault says:
    Ms. Laura, Meredith, and Katie Louise, We are so sorry for your loss. We know how much Dr. Pugh meant, and it hurts to lose him. Please remember others are praying for your family during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort each day. Please give Aunt Jill my love as well. With love ...

  • November 19, 2021
    Frank Sheldon says:
    I have many fond memories of the years that we worked together at Beaufort County Hospital. His kindness and compassion for those place in his care will always be remembered. Pam and I send our prayers during this time. Raeford has entered into his eternal rest with the Lord a rest he so richly deserved.