December 23, 1998 ~ December 15, 2006

Born in: Buncombe County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Tyler Christian Puckett of Asheville, born on December 23, 1998, was reunited with his Heavenly Father on Friday, December 15, 2006. The son of David and Rhonda Walls Puckett and brother to his sister, Jordan Puckett, his was a kind and gentle spirit filled with a deep love for his family, a beautiful smile and a wonderful laugh. He loved to spend time with his family and going fishing with his dad. He was a devoted, loving son and brother and his sister’s Cuddly Bear. He was a member of Shepherd’s Chapel Church and a student at Emmanuel Lutheran School. He was a proud member of Avery’s Creek Wolf Cub Pack 26 and West Asheville Baptist’s Upward Basketball program. In addition to his parents and sister, his loving family includes grandparents, Hildagard R. Puckett and William L. Puckett, Jr. of Asheville and Donna J. Walls and Johnnie G. Walls of Statesville; aunts and uncles, Julia and Daniel Puckett of Asheville, Linda and Bill Puckett, III of Candler, Dale Walls of Statesville and Cindy Capps of Candler; two loving cousins, Courtney Puckett of Candler and Alissa Puckett of Asheville. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Pastor Fred Steimke officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Monday at the funeral home and request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Avery’s Creek Pack 26, 1 Oak Grove Road, Arden, NC 28704 or Arts for Life, c/o Anna Vogler, 301 Monticello Road, Weaverville, NC 28787.

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  1. Rhonda, my heart just aches for your loss. Tyler was such a sweet boy. My memory of him will be covered up with Delilah’s litter of puppies that afternoon back in September. We’re praying for you and the rest of the family.

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  2. Dearest Rhonda, David and Jordan:

    Our hearts cry out in sadness for the loss of Tyler. We send to you love and will be praying for you in the coming days. May God give you much peace and comfort that He alone can give in times like these. If there is anything our family can do for you beyond prayer, please let us know.
    Love in Jesus,
    Cathy, Mark and Scott Mandeville

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  3. Our prayers are with you in this time of grief and celebration that although Tyler is no longer in your arms he is in the arms of our heavenly father and awaiting your reunion in heaven.

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  4. We certainly will not forget Tyler. All the family and those who grieve his loss are very much in our thoughts and prayers. Christ’s peace be with you in this storm!
    Pastor Fred & Jean Stiemke

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  5. Rhonda,

    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    May God give you the peace and strength that you will need at this time and in the days ahead.

    Remember, Tyler will be celebrating his birthday and Christmas with Jesus this year!
    He will be a sweet, loving, smiling angel, just like his precious self here on earth.

    God bless, comfort and keep you and all your family! We love you!

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  6. Rhonda – Please know that we are praying for you and your family. Logan has said a special prayer for Tyler and your family every night since she learned of his illness. She has very fond memories of Tyler and the joy he brought to their classroom. God has another wonderful Angel! We were blessed to know him!

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  7. I know that there are few words that can bring comfort to you at this time, but know that your son is now wrapped in the loving arms of our lord. Please know that my family as well as my church is praying for you in this very difficult time. May God continue to surround you with his love and healing.

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  8. To the Puckett Family:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. John Michael really liked Tyler and he will truly be missed by the entire Emmanuel family. Keep an eye out for those pennies from Heaven – we’re sure Tyler will be sending them to you all often. May the Lord bless you with the strength that only He can.

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  9. Tyler will always hold a special place in my heart. Thankyou for letting me know him. May your memories of him always put a smile on your face and remind you of what a beautiful spirit looks like.
    Bless you all,
    Tania Young

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  10. Rhonda,

    Tyler used to attend Computer Pals at ELS. He was in the kindergarten class and he made class MUCH harder for me because he was so smart. He knew more about the computers and the programs than I did. It became easier to just give Tyler his own computer and let him spend the session playing the advanced games on his own so he wasn’t bored with the lesson I was giving the other children.
    Tyler was one of those kids that we saw ‘around.’ He was at VBS or in the halls at school. Elizabeth would wave to him and was that.
    Now, Tyler is much more than just another kid. He’s an angel in heaven. He is a reminder to Elizabeth and to my entire family that each and every one of those faces at school or at church is so special.
    Rhonda, my family’s prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of unfathomable grief. God Bless you and your family.

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  11. Dear Rhonda and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Tyler.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Myra Ramsey

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  12. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Remember to use friends and family for support to lighten the load.

    My prayers go out to you and your family for strength.

    Your friends,
    Chip ~ Dad55014
    Tyler ~ Ty2610

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  13. David and Rhonda
    I am sorry, that I won’t be able to attend the services for Tyler. I just wanted you and your family to know that you are in my prayers. If there is anything that I can do or any of my family. please let me know. I know your heart is heavy – just remeber your friends and family will help you through your time of need. Love you both, Stephanie

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  14. David and Rhonda-
    I was so very sorry to hear from Bill about Tyler being sick. Children are such a precious gift from God. Please remember that I am praying for you and your family. God bless.

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  15. I only knew Tyler through his Uncle Dale but early on came to understand how much the boy meant to the man and his whole family.

    Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child. Nothing can completely erase the pain of the loss.

    We can only offer our love and prayers for you and your family in this time of sorrow. May God be with you all as Tyler is now with him.

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  16. I am Dallas Earnhardt’s MawMaw Bobbie. I am so sorry for your loss. My precious ‘Dallas’ for whom grandson Dallas is named died only twenty minutes after birth. I can truly testify that the hardest thing you will ever have to do is ‘let a child become one of Jesus’ angels ahead of yourself.’ Dallas said it best, ‘Cool, Tyler gets to spend Christmas with Jesus.’ Have faith. You will see your angel in a little while. Love and prayers. Bobbie Earnhardt

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  17. My deepest sympathy & prayers in the loss of your son. God Bless you always.
    Carol Sinks-Farmer
    Indinois Chapter of ABWA
    Hammond, IN

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  18. I was so sad to hear about this precious little boy. I ‘adoped’ him long ago, and it would make my day when he would come into Lowes. I have prayed for him daily, and know the Lord has heard them all. My heart goes out to all of you, if I can do anything, let me know. I truly loved him, he was very special. God Bless each of you.

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  19. My heart pours out to you all. I wish there were words I could say to help you in your time of loss to bring you comfort. May the good Lord guide you and stand beside you all to bring you comfort. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. If there’s anything I could do to help, Dale knows how to contact me. God Bless you all.

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  20. Rhonda
    I was very heartbroken to hear about the loss of your son. May gods grace embrace your family at this time of sorrow. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    Lori Bosma
    Mine & Yours Consignments

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  21. To the Puckett family,
    I never had the pleasure of meeting Tyler in person, but I certainly heard enough about him to know that he was special. His story touched me deeply and drew attention to the fact that some things in life really are not important in the larger scheme of things. We have been blessed to have Tyler’s story touch us so far away and want to offer our sincere condolences to your family. May a higher power give you strength and courage to aid you in this difficult time and may Tyler’s memory live on in the actions of others.
    Blessings,
    Mike & Tara & family

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  22. Dear David, Rhonda, and Jordan:

    Tonight I had the privilege to sit and talk with you Rhonda, and I want you to know how deeply touched I was with hearing all of the stories about Tyler and his precious life. I saw tonight the peace that God has given to you and I want you to know that you are a tremendous blessing and encouragement to me. Please know that we will be praying for you and your family. Jerry and I will miss Tyler playing in Upward this year, but look forward to Jordan playing on his team again.

    In Christ,
    Jerry and Vicki Ross

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  23. I was so sorry to read of Tyler\\\’s passing. Since I can no longer write, Carole is doing this for me. I hope you all find God\\\’s peace in your heart soon. Always, Marjorie Hayes

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  24. My prayers and love are with my family at this time. David, Rhonda, The Lord Jesus has a special place for Tyler with him to walk at His side. My only regret is not being able to know him better. He is a gift from God. The Lord chose Tyler for a special reason to be with Him, and I know this is devastating. I couldn’t imagine. I Love you and God be with both of you and the rest of the family. I am here if you need anything.

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  25. Rhonda, David, Jordan and family:
    May the Lord comfort, strengthen and hold you during this time. I grieve with you and I’m praying for you. I have been blessed by Tyler’s faith, courage and positive attitude. Jordan, I miss seeing your sweet smile, but know that I am lifting you up to our Lord. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares for you.

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  26. This heartbreaking.

    As a life-long law enforcement professional, it is easy to find colleagues who are the epitome of strong and brave. Then, God sends us someone like Tyler. I agreed to be one of his Tiger and Wolf Cub leaders because he was one of those rare kids that, with the rest of the group, created an energy that was fun, filled with wonder at various facets of the world we looked at through the seasons and an obvious critical component of the core group for his own unique characteristics. Because of Tyler, the comraderie (that which cements because of the things that are hard and worthy to accomplish, and not necessarily that which is easy or fun) that will ensue and grow between these guys will no doubt reach an epic level, because Tyler will be teaching them for all the years to come, about what it takes to become an fine, strong, brave man. Tyler is in a better place, but here, we will continue to honor our ‘missing man’ in our efforts to build the character of our future, through Cub and Boy Scouts.

    Tyler: Thank you for providing my son Michael a role model who will guide his development, and a good friend as well. From me, I have learned much from you too… I will miss you.

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  27. Rhonda – I am a member of ABWA and just learned of Tyler’s death. As a mother, I cannot imagine dealing with such a loss. My prayers are with you.

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  28. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this very hard time. We are lifting you up to our Lord.
    Keep your eyes on Him always.

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  29. DAVID AND RHONDA,

    I AM A FORMER CO-WORKER OF JULIE PUCKETT. JULIE HAD SPOKEN MANY TIMES OF YOUR FAMILY OVER THE LAST NINE OR TEN YEARS THAT WE HAD WORKED TOGETHER. I FELT LIKE I ACTUALLY KNEW YOU PERSONALLY. SHE SPOKE ABOUT TYLER AND JORDAN’S BIRTHS AND JUST ABOUT THE TYPICAL LIVES OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

    I KNEW ABOUT TYLER’S ILLNESS AND I PRAYED FOR HIS RECOVERY.

    JUST KNOW YOUR FAMILY IS IN MY HEART AND MY PRAYERS.

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  30. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that God will wrap His arms around you and give you the love and the strength that you need. Please let us know if you need anything.

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  31. The Mri department at Mission hospital would like to send their deepest sympathy to Tyler’s Family during this difficult time. He truly touched our lives with his sweet smile and sweet spirit. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

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  32. Rhonda, you will be in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. Please remember your ABWA sisters are here for you and you can call on us for anything. With love an support.

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  33. Dear Rhonda and David,

    Many things about those earliest moments in your time together with Tyler come rushing back. My thoughts and prayers for peace and clarity are with you.

    Bill Callaghan

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  34. I am Angie Baldwin’s mother. I have had all of you in my prayers and will continue to pray for you in this time. May God continue to bless you in HIS own special way.

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  35. Rhonda and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Tyler’s death. I remember the day he was born. He was a gift from God. I pray that God will put his loving arms around you and your family and keep them there now and through out eternity. I cannot imagine the grief that you all feel. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Always remember, you will see him again soon. May the Lord bless and keep you and give you courage. Words cannot express how regretful I fill for your loss.

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