CANTON – Ralph Lester Putnam, 80, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 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 U.S. 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 was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Morning Star Community Cemetery with the Rev. Jason Miller officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at Wells Funeral Home of Canton.

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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