Pugh’s Memory Honored at BOE meeting by faculty, Staff

Members of Kermit Pugh’s family were honored at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School this week as part of an acknowledgment of his 32 years’ service to Upshur County schools. Pugh passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2 at the age of 53.

TENNERTON—Members of the Upshur County Board of Education along with staff and faculty at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School honored the memory of the late Kermit Pugh, a 32-year employee of the school system, who passed away Jan. 2.

“We are acknowledging Kermit Pugh,” Dr. Sara Stankus said. “We are so blessed to have his family here tonight.”

B-U Middle School Principal Renee Warner spoke of the kindness and dedication of Pugh as an employee and as a friend.

“If Kermit heard stress in my voice, he was in my office with a Diet Coke telling me to shut my door for a few minutes,” Warner said.

“The memorial  in the middle school library meant so much to us,” she said. “Faculty, students, we feel like we’ve lost a family member.

“Kermit had 32 years’ service with the school system,” Stankus said. “There’s not a school that didn’t know him.”

“Mr. Reynolds said he didn’t know what he would do without him,” Stankus added. “His years of experience will never be replaced.”

Pugh was remembered as a man who did much for students and faculty at the school. He was remembered as a man who “got things done.”

His experience was missed during the recent levy election as was the man “who knew how things were supposed to go.”

“Kermit always worked the levy election” Stankus said. “We aren’t sure who to train because Kermit knew how it (the process) was supposed to go.”

Board members presented each family member present a framed picture of Pugh. Administrators also noted they would be hanging a picture of Pugh at the middle school.

Many tears were shed, and emotions were high during the memorial.

Kermit enjoyed hunting. He collected many antique cars, but his favorite was his 1965 Ford Falcon. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

Kermit loved everyone and could always be found at school functions volunteering his time.

His devotion to students was widely acknowledged by administrators and staff members.

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