Charles “Charlie” McDuffie Putnam Sr., 74, of Statesville, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at his home.

Charlie was born October 14, 1947, in Charlotte, N.C., and was the son of the late Donald Gregory Putnam and Tabitha Lancaster Putnam. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Maryland and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major and later became a counselor at Mitchell Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. On September 14, 2003, he married Candy Kegarise Putnam, who survives. He loved boating, RV traveling up and down the East Coast, and trips to Disney World.

In addition to his wife, Charlie is survived by four sons, Charles “Chuck” M. Putnam Jr. (Shana) of Mooresville, Chip Putnam (Lisa) of Clemmons, Abe Reid of Mooresville, and Luke Reid (Catherine) of Asheville; 10 grandchildren, Courtney, Trey, Tanner, Meggie, Peyton, Kaleb, Maggie, Oli, Hank, and Ruby; two great grandchildren, Van and Kirby; one nephew, Donald Mills; one niece, Deb Houpe; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Kendra Putnam Mills.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Oakland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Steve Snipes officiating. Full military honors will follow the service.

Memorials may be made to the V Foundation for Cancer Research ( Online condolences may be made to the family at

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.