The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


May 3, 2014

Obituaries — Saturday, May 3, 2014


Clara Ola ‘Audie’ Bennett-Colbird-Pugh

He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, they shall learn war no more. Nations shall not lift up sword neither shall they learn war no more.

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Audie Colbird Pugh, 78, formerly of Welch, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., following an unexpected medical complication.

She was born September 24, 1935, in Welch, the daughter of the late Ernest Robinson Bennett and Willie Jean Bennett. Audie Bennett Colbird Pugh was a resident of Asheboro, and a former resident of Lashmeet and Bud Mountain.

She was a retired homemaker and nurse and a loyal and dedicated member of the Living Church of God in Bluefield.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Colbird; two daughters, Rhonda Smith-Edwards and Jane Colbird-Simerly; and one grandson, Chuck Colbird.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Ivan Duane Pugh of Asheboro; one son, John Wayne Bennett and wife Amy of Kernersville, N.C.; one daughter, Jennifer Colbird Davenport and husband Larry of Montgomery, W.Va.; one stepson, Eric Travis Pugh and wife Ashley of Princeton; 14 grandchildren, Makayla and Kallie Bennett, Angela Ward and husband Ron, David Smith and wife Jana, Chris Smith and wife Jessica, Toni Gilliam and husband Shannon, Dustin Edwards and wife Becky, Dean Colbird and wife Darlene, John Colbird, Eric Simerly, Tonya Simerly, Cara Simerly and husband Derick, Emersyn Grace Pugh, and Eli Travis Pugh; eighteen great-grandchildren, Braydin, Ava, Jada, Laila, Makayla, Paul, Zach, Nicholas, Andrew, Emeilia, Khyler, Zachery, Alexis, Samule, Jaylen, Nevaeh, Brianna, and Kaylee; and one brother, Charles Bennett of Bucyrus, Ohio.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, with Pastor Paul Shumway officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the service hour on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Audie Pugh, West Virginia Youth Camp, Living Church of God, PO Box 3810, Charlotte, NC 28227.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Pugh family.

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