Stephen E Pugh

  • Born: April 1, 1961
  • Died: September 7, 2021
  • Location: Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404

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Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family


Stephen E. Pugh, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, passed away at St. Tammany Parish Hospital on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the age of 60. He was born on Saturday, April 1, 1961, in Hammond, Louisiana, the son of the late Charles and Marion Wadsworth Pugh.

Steve was a lovable & charismatic person, but most of all he was devoted to his family and community. Throughout his life, Steve had many accomplishments; as well as many acts of service. Steve's service to his community began with being a member of Kiwanis of Ponchatoula. This led to him joining the Strawberry Festival board, where he became the youngest Chairman to ever be elected in 1984. He continued with his devotion to the Strawberry Festival in 2012, where he became Strawberry Festival King. Steve served on numerous boards, and was involved in several clubs including Ponchatoula Youth Basketball, Ponchatoula High School Baseball Boosters, Hibernia Club, and the Krewe of Erin, just to name a few.

One example of Steve's love for families and children was pride in playing "Santa" for local parades, and events. He even played Santa while visiting residents of nursing homes and special needs facilities.

Steve continued his service to his community as State Representative of District 73 where he served 3 terms. While State Representative, he served on numerous boards representing his district and State of Louisiana. His devotion to the church and his faith was a number one priority in his life. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Albert Catholic Church. Steve also served as a Eucharistic Minister for 25 plus years for the St. Albert Community. Steve was the owner & operator of St. Patrick's Green Acres Inc. and Pugh's Florist on Ponchatoula where his keen eye for beauty and expression through floral arrangements was known by all.

Steve is survived by his sons, Stephen E. Pugh II and his wife Alexandra, Christopher J. Pugh and his wife Alyssa; grandchildren, Brady Pugh and Cecilia Pugh; brother & sister-in-law, Charles "Buddy" and Carolyn Pugh, sister, Marion P. Amedee, and brother-in-law, John Yeargain.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth D. Pugh, sister, Patricia P. Yeargain, and brother-in-law, O'Neil Amedee.

Family and friends will be received at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Hammond, 2000 N. Morrison Blvd, Hammond, Louisiana 70401 on Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Visitation will continue at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home on Monday, September 13, 2021 from 9:00 am until 10:15 am.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 255 North 8th Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454 on Monday at 11:00 am, with Rev. Randy Cuevas officiating.

Interment will follow at Rosaryville Cemetery in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

The family requests donations to be made to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, P.O. Box 446, Ponchatoula, LA 70454 in memory of Steve Pugh.

Steve's guest book is available at www.harrymckneely.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

So very sorry for your loss.
Prayers and sympathy for the family.

Posted by Evelyn Sanders - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 20, 2021

Steve I'm so sad to learn you are gone. You were a patient I adored taking care of! You were funny, kind, witty, we had great times together!

Posted by Christina Wall - Holden, LA - Friend   September 28, 2021

My thoughts are with the Pugh family as I recall so many memories of hilarious memories with Stevie in high school and later with Liz. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Terri Gouedy-Gregory - ABITA SPRINGS, LA - Friend   September 14, 2021

My condolences to Steve's family. I have fond memories of him and Liz shopping at mine and my husband's store, the Tic-Tock Shoppe in Hammond, for the boys. He always enjoyed good conversation with Joseph and I while shopping. God's blessings and comfort to his family.

Posted by Cheryl Schiro - Hammond, LA - Friend   September 14, 2021

Buddy, Marian and all family -- I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. It seems like yesterday we were at the reunion enjoying the memories of our childhood. Steve was truly such a gentle soul - special in so many ways! He will truly be missed. Please know you and the family are close in my heart and prayers. Patty Still - Covington

Posted by Patty (Myers) Still - Family   September 14, 2021

Words can not express the sadness we feel for your loss. Steve was a shining light in all of our lives and will be deeply missed.

Posted by Terry and Denise Brown - PONCHATOULA, LA - Friend   September 12, 2021

Chris, Buddy, and family, I'm sorry for the passing of Steve. May God bring all of you comfort.

Posted by Glenn Sanchez - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   September 11, 2021

When my daughter, Alyssa, first told me about the wonderful young man she had met, Chris, she also included praise for his parents. When I met Liz and Steve I was so impressed with their friendly nature. I knew this was a special family. As Steve and I bonded over sharing grandkids, I felt very blessed. Steve impressed me with his dedication to his community. His pride in Ponchatoula and his love of state government was easy to see. I will miss our chats at family gatherings and his smile and wit. I will join Chris and Alyssa in efforts to make sure those grandkids know they had a grandfather and a grandmother that leave a special legacy in their community. Above all I thank Steve for my son -in -law Chris. They raised him well, and I know they loved their sons so much. Steve was a handsome gentleman who represented his family and his community so well. He was also a man of faith and loved his God. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Julie Ranzino - Mandeville, LA - Family   September 11, 2021

My most heartfelt condolences

Posted by Geraldine Williams Cepriano - Ponchatoula, LA - Classmate   September 10, 2021

My deepest sympathy.

Posted by Lula Owens - Ponchatoula - Acquaintance   September 10, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. I've got great memories of Steve back when our sons played sports together in Ponchatoula. I'm sad to hear of his passing but inspired to know how faithful he was to God, his family, community and state.

May God bless you.

Posted by Jeff Fletcher - Bentonville, VA - Family Friend   September 10, 2021

Steve was one of a kind. He was funny and kind. Even though I have moved away I had times when I ran into him when I was in town. I am so glad I get to see him when my mom was dying and he came to house to see her. They had a long history together. She always made him a diabetic birthday cake when he was younger. Then they worked on wedding together my Mom making the cakes and Steve doing the flowers. She would let him know if it did not look the way she wanted on her cakes. May prayers are with Stephen and Chris and all of Steve family and friends. He will leave a void for a lot of people.
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Posted by Sheila Ragan - San Diego, CA - Family Friend   September 10, 2021

MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE PUGH FAMILY. STEVE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY HIS LOVED ONES, ESPECIALLY HIS SONS. STEVE HAD TO BE SO PROUD OF HIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY STEPHEN WHO IS REALLY SPECIAL. ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD THINGS. HIS MEMORY WILL BE WITH YOU THROUGH ALL GOOD AND BAD TIMES WHEN NOTHING ELSE IS, BUT MOSTLY REMEMBER THAT HE WOULD HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THE BEST FOR YOU. SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS. I WILL NEVER EAT A STRAWBERRY OR SEE A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET AGAIN WITH HIM CROSSING MY MIND.

Posted by Lana Nelson - HARAHAN, LA - Family Friend   September 10, 2021

Chris and Steven I was so sorry for your loss your dad was a wonderful person!

Posted by Brenda - Independence, LA - Friend   September 10, 2021

So very sorry

Posted by Steve and Pat Gureasko - Ponchatoula, LA - Family Friend   September 09, 2021

So sorry for your loss and the loss of a long time family friend. Good memories to cherish. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   September 09, 2021