Gregory Phillip Putnam



Gregory Phillip Putnam, 53 of Rutherfordton, NC passed away on Tuesday August 22, 2017 after an extended illness.

He is survived by his mother, Linda Gurley Putnam, a brother, Matt Putnam (Deanna), a niece, Brittany Putnam and a nephew, Ben Putnam all of Rutherfordton, NC.

Greg was a 1981 graduate of Chase High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from Appalachian State University.

He was previously employed by the University of Central Florida in the Registrar's office. Greg was an avid sports fan and worked in sports media for the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and several colleges and universities.

Greg was grateful to his medical staff for the opportunity to receive a heart transplant in 2004.

A memorial service will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon, Friday, August 25, 2017, at The Padgett & King Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt and the Reverend Chris Fox officiating. Visitation will follow the memorial service at the mortuary.

The family appreciates your thoughts and prayers. Memorial gifts may be directed to the following: Bethany Baptist Church, 760 Bethany Church Road, Forest City, NC 28043, Florence Baptist Church, 201 South Broadway Street, Forest City, NC 28043, and Hospice of Rutherford County, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. In honor of his request, Greg will be cremated.

Padgett and King Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of memorial services and an online guest registry is available at