A Giant of Georgia College

I don’t know that there is ever a good time to wake up with your wife handing you a phone. I know it is generally best to have some caffeine in my system before I try to talk to anyone. With the “It’s an emergency” added in, the adrenaline quickly took the place of the caffeine and I woke up very quickly. As is always the case with that introduction, the news was not good. My colleague and “office neighbor” Eve Puckett had suffered a brain aneurysm.

I first met Eve nine years ago when I was a somewhat terrified transfer student who was trying to get involved in student government at Georgia College just as I had been at GMC. At the time, she was one of the advisors for the organization, and I quickly learned one of her rather phenomenal abilities. She can remember names like they are carved in stone. I have never seen anyone else who even comes close. I’ve mentioned people who worked on campus 20 years ago and she instantly knew to whom I was referring. As someone who has always struggled to remember names, it has always been a phenomenal ability to me.

She was a one-person institutional memory repository. Just in the time I have known her, she has worked for Human Resources, Disability Services, and University Housing, not to mention serving on Staff Council and University Senate and working with the Student Government Association and GIVE Center. She had also taught in several different departments, and bragged about having worked in sixteen offices during her tenure with the institution (although granted on a per year basis, I was catching up with her).

As we moved through the weekend, there has been an outpouring of support on social media. Inspired by Larry’s post, Georgia College’s network has turned into a sea of orange.

Eve Puckett’s favorite color is Orange. Please consider replacing your profile picture in her support as she fights for her life!

Posted by Larry Christenson on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Eve passed away this morning. Ever the fighter, she kept going even after, in accordance with her wishes, life support had been disconnected. My prayers and thoughts are with her family. She may have been short of stature, but Eve Puckett was a giant of the Bobcat Nation. You did NOT try to keep up with her walking. You did not remember names any better than she did. There was no point in trying to out serve her. I can only hope that when my lifetime is complete, I will have made such a positive impact on even a fraction of the number of people she has.

43 thoughts on “A Giant of Georgia College

  1. Joshelin Kantor

    Well said. I cannot imagine my years at GCSU without her and my heart weeps for those that will experience Georgia College without her physical presence. God bless her, her family and all those she touched. Wishing peace for all.

  2. Bruce Lane

    I had undergrad classes with Eve, I always found her to be kind and caring person. I can only imagine how great she was in her roles at GCSU. She has made a difference in the lives she encountered and I pray that God will comfort her family and the GCSU Family.

    Bruce Lane ’84

  3. Pam Longino

    As a 1996 graduate as Georgia College, I had a class with Mrs. Eve as my teacher. One class my freshman year, and she never forgot me. Always smiling, speaking, and caring about what was happening with my life. She will be missed, and I grateful and blessed to have known the georgia college giant. Prayers are with the Puckett family and the GC family.

  4. Amy Phillips Campbell

    I haven’t seen Eve since I graduated from Georgia College about 25 years ago. During my years at GC she was a welcoming smile as we met while scurrying across the quad and always had a friendly, encouraging word. I’ve thought about her often through the years and now I think of her family and friends during this tremendous loss.

  5. Windy Thees

    In my 5 plus years at Georgia College, Eve was always around for a good conversation and encouragement. She was a lover of academia, athletic and all things surrounding the University. Her love of people will be what I remember most however. May she rest in peace.

  6. Patti Tolbert

    Eve was always the one person I could go to and count on to follow through with whatever you needed her to do. She will be missed terribly.

  7. Stanley

    Eve was a truly wonderful person. My family and I are the better for having known her and her loss will be felt far and wide in the Georgia College community.

  8. Rachel Hodge

    She was such an inspiration and positive force for me while serving in SGA and in other leadership roles on campus. She always had a smile on her face and made you feel like you were the single most important student at GCSU. She will be missed… prayers for her family and all the Bobcats who had the pleasure of knowing and working with her.

  9. Rebecca Schemer

    Eve was one of kindest people I have ever known. She had the most positive attitude and always put a smile on my face. I remember having the most wonderful conversations with her and always receiving the best advice and hearing amazing stories about the history of the university. She truly touched me and all those around her. Her beautiful spirit will live on forever and I am truly saddened by her loss. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time.

  10. Leya

    I had Eve for one of my undergrad classes. I always loved her stories and how they related to the content at the moment. May she rest in peace. Prayers for her family and friends.

  11. Louise Layson

    Daniel, what a great tribute to our co-worker! She really did touch so many lives and will be missed by many.

  12. Stacy and Anne Marie Webb aka- KA

    I was just at GCSU last weekend. I was giving our son Jacob the tour since he has applied. On the tour I ran across Eve’s picture on a composite for the schools’ government. ” Oh! there’s Eve” , Stacy and I said. I’m so sorry; she will be missed. Her whole family is wonderful.

  13. Cynthia Lindsey

    Rest in peace.
    Thank you Eve for your many wonderful years if service to Georgia College !
    Prayers for the family.
    Class of ’97

  14. Elaine Watson

    I had crossed paths with Eve years ago after graduation 1983. I am sadden by her passing but blessed to have known her. Heaven gained an angel.

  15. Stacey Northcutt

    Prayers for The family as we remember Eve as the best RA Napier Dorm ever had! Her spirit and love for people made college life better. Tim & Stacey Northcutt

  16. Mo Williams

    During my time at GCSU, I remember Ms. Eve always on the move, walking extremely fast with such purpose and with a folder under her arm. I knew she was handling business. Rest In Peace Ms. Eve. Prayers to you and family.

  17. Amy

    I was struck by her warmth, humor and authenticity. She took the time to reach out to people on a personal level which is a rare thing to do. I remember having a long conversation with her in her office in the old HR building on Montgomery, after she invited me to visit her. She told me about her childhood and about how she took care of her mother up until her mother’s death… I remember that when I first met her at a GIVE Center meeting, she talked about how she used to deal black jack in a gambling casino and how she tore her tendon (with the repetitive wrist motion), and a tendon in her arm. She walked around and showed each of us her wrist and the place where the tendon tore. She also told us about how she changed a tire herself in the middle of the road and how she looked like a man from the back so everyone assumed she was a man. But then when she turned around everyone came rushing forward to help her. Something about these quirky stories immediately endeared me to her.

  18. Brenda Miller Bevill

    I grew up with them even took square dance lessons with her Mom and Dad very loving family, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  19. Linda Bargainnnier McLendon

    Eve, we were “running buddies” in our younger days and had so many fun times. We were teammates in softball and best friends outside. I have so many great memories of our trips in your yellow mustang. And yes I cherish our arguments about your love for the color orange and mine being purple. I am looking forward to seeing you again and having some of these discussions again. You will be missed.
    Chuck, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Susan Whittle

    Eve was Georgia College! Always had a smile on her face and would speak to you every time she saw you even if it was 5 times in one day! I have none Eve for over 30 years. She would come up to me and say do you remember so and so..Their son or daughter is here at Ga. College now.. She knew everybody! She loved her friends, her GC family and her immediate family so very much! She was such a smart person who could have worked in any office here and done a terrific job at any of them..I will surely miss her and her infectious smile. Prayer for her family! RIP my sweet Eve!

  21. Mary Ann Washington Johnson,

    I remember Eve and the Pucketts from my years at Lousiville High. How wonderful to read the numerous testaments on the impact Eve had on the lives of all those she encounterd. . RIP Eve and condolences to the Puckett family. Mary Ann Washington-Johnson, LHS, Class of 82

  22. Donna Walden Pittman

    Had the privilege of knowing the Puckett family growing up in Louisville… Remember her mom and dad teaching us all how to dance!! Prayers for strength and comfort for the whole family!!

  23. Rangoo Hassan

    RIP Eve. You were an inspiration during my years at GC and a great friend. My prayers are with the family.

  24. Joe Tkacik

    Wow. I have so many memories of our conversations together while I was working as a sports reporter at The Union-Recorder while still in college. She was always right there at my side. Sorry to hear of her passing. But, as others have said, she left a great legacy for those she met through the years.

  25. Doc Kevin Lee Elder (@DocKevinElder)

    So many people have so many memories of Eve, and the best thing we can do is let her live on through each us. So many people remember her smile, her always helping, and yes just how fast she could get across campus from one event to the next, or one side of the basketball court to the other with the stat sheet! Let’s all try to smile more, to be helpful to others more, and keep busy in as many events as we can to make Georgia College a place we would want our kids to come to. Rest in Peace and know you have left this place a better place Eve, and we will carry your spirit with us!

  26. Gwen Otis Price

    Remembering the Puckett family at this time.. Eve has always been a special person. Mr. and Mrs. Puckett were wonderful role models for all of their children. Eve, you will be missed by so many. Rest in peace.

  27. Jeri

    Eve was truly a special person and I am so glad to have been able to get to know her and talk to her on a daily basis during the work week. I will miss her coming to me saying ” I couldn’t help but over you saying…..” and proceed to give me a tidbit of knowledge on whatever it was I was attempting to talk about” and she loved gadgets just as much as I did. She introduced me to the ramen noodle microwave cooker and the microwave egg cooker, thanks to Eve I can make one mean egg mcmuffin. I will truly miss my friend

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  29. Margaret Ann Jones Gay, LHS

    Prayers to the Puckett family. After reading all about Eve it seems like they r writing about her mother. I believe she was a mirror image. A great loving family and I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and all those memories of her sustain you throughout your years!

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  31. Ryan Greene

    I think back on Eve today and can’t help but still miss her so much. Eve was an amazing friend and mentor to so many.

    Always in my thoughts and memories. I miss you, Eve.



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