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Ralph Lester Putnam

March 11, 1938 ~ January 31, 2019 (age 80)

Canton – Ralph Lester Putnam, age 80, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at his residence.

A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Ralph Edgar and Annie Irene Kell Putnam.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Jessie James Putnam.  Ralph was a United States Army veteran.

He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Putnam (Justen); two sons, Ronald Lee Putnam (Vicky); and Barry Shane Putnam all of Canton; four granddaughters, Karol Anne Putnam, Katie Gebhardt, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin; Kayla Putnam and Adaline Putnam; and one great-grandchild, Zebulan Abel Putnam.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Morning Star Community Cemetery with the Reverend Jason Miller officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at Wells Funeral Home of Canton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morning Star Cemetery Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 1746, Canton, NC 28716.

The care of Mr. Putnam has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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