Cody Allen Pugh was born on August 24, 1999 and departed this earth to rest in paradise with the Lord on Saturday June 4, 2022.
Cody enjoyed the simple things in life and never forgot to let you know how much he loved you. He was kind; always putting others before himself. His laugh was contagious and his smile could brighten a room; always being sure to crack a joke and make someone laugh. He had a passion for sports, his animals (babies), nature, and his special herbs. Cody spent his time playing basketball, fishing, tending to his “babies” (Indica, Buttercup, Bagel, and Duckie), and spending time with family and friends. Cody will be remembered as an honorable warrior who fought a battle with bravery and without fear. He had a strong will to live and loved the Lord. Cody will be dearly missed by many but will never be forgotten and will always live on in our hearts forever!
Cody was preceded in death by his Great Granny and Papa Wilkerson, an aunt; Joan Wilkerson, Uncle Marion Wilkerson, Uncle Keith Wilkerson, Cousin Theresa Oliver, Cousin Timothy Wilkerson, Cousin Chris McDaniel, Uncle Kendall Pugh, and Uncle Parron Faircloth Jr. “Junie Bug”.
Cody is survived by his parents; Rebecca Wilkerson Morris “Mama” (Rodger Blackburn), Chance Allen Pugh “Dad”, his maternal grandparents; Karen and Joseph F. Wilkerson Sr. “Cody’s gold”, a paternal grandmother; Bonnie Nicholson, five siblings; Chelsea Wright “Sissy”, Jesse Wright “Jesse James”, Ashley Pugh, Shannon Shanklin, Brian Shanklin (Bri Fewell), two nephews; Noah Wright “little turd” and John Shanklin. He is also survived by a very special aunt and uncle; Tammy and Chris Hovey, an aunt Judy McCauley, two uncles; a special uncle Frankie Wilkerson (Tina), James Pugh, seven cousins; Malachi Hovey “little turd”, a special cousin and partner in crime, Alex Hovey, Ashley McCready (Ian McCready), Corey Hovey, Bridgett Dunivan, Lisa Spears (Bobby Spears), Molly Faircloth, and many others- He loved them all!
Cody also leaves to cherish his memory his special friends; a dedicated best friend Max Crandall, Brandon Davis, Jason Monahan, Jeramiah Sprouse and Mario Sprouse.
Words from family and friends:
“I love you Monkey Butt, I’ll see you again soon. – Love Mama”
“Cody was a gift from God, the perfect son. Daddy will always love you, until we meet again. -Dad”
“Coco, I love you baby, until we meet again, forever in my heart. – Sissy”
“His sister, Ashley loved him so much, and he loved her. I love you Cody. -Ashley”
“Cody was like my own. I love him dearly. - Rodger”
“Have one ready for me when I get there. I love you brotha man- Jesse James”
“Cody there is no one else that will ever take your place son, you are our pride and joy. Forever in our hearts! We love you! Until we meet again -Nanny and Papa”
“I love you Cody. I’ll see you again in heaven one day. -Love Papa”
“Cody was a special nephew to me, a part of my heart. You couldn’t understand how much you could love someone so much- there was something special about him. I changed his first poopy diaper while his mom was putting lipstick on. I called him “Stinky.” I will forever miss him and he will always be in my heart. My little sunshine, I love you. -Aunt Tammy”
“Cody would always ask, “Are we still buddies?” No matter what happened he would ask that to make sure we would still be buddies- Ashley”
“I love Cody so much, he got on my nerves at times always asking me to take him fishing. I bought him his first car and then he said, “Uncle Chris got me a piece of junk.”
“I love Cody so much! He used to drive me crazy (lol) tearing up cars and having me fix them. He will be dearly missed. -Love Uncle Frankie”
“One of the sweetest and nicest kids. I looked at him as one of my own. Until we meet again, I love you Cody. -Dale”
“Cody was always happy even though he had fought through so many battles while on this earth. He was a good brother; I will always cherish the moments and fond memories I had with him while he was here. My favorite memories I have with Cody was when we would skateboard at Dad’s old house. He will be missed and loved by many. - Brian”
“You always kept it real and wore your heart on your sleeve. I wish everybody was as true to themselves as you. -Max”
“Cody was a mighty warrior who loved his moo moo so much and we loved him the same! The Lord gained an angel and we gained a hero. Love Cayman and Moo Moo.”
“Cody was like a grandson to us. Until we meet again, we love you Cody. -Jack and Deanna Shanklin”
Cody you left this earth at age 22, but heaven would be a new home for you.
Those you loved, and loved you so, they hurt today that you had to go.
Age 16, the battle began, the fight was on, age 22, now a man.
You didn’t give up or give in, now Jesus has you, that’s a win.
No matter the pain, you just marched on, now in God’s army this Sunday dawn.
Oh, how your family loves you still, praying their hearts God’s peace will fill.
Run now Cody, laugh and praise, rejoice, dance, all eternal days. – Robin Packard
A very special thank you to Brian Belyea, MD, an angel on earth who never stopped believing in Cody. Dr. Belya was not just any ordinary doctor, he was extraordinary and exceeded expectations. He is a part of our family and always will be. Thank you to all of the staff at Uva and Hospice of The Piedmont. Thank you to the many family and friends who loved and supported Cody.
Cody’s Celebration of Life will be held Friday at New Light Praise and Worship Church, 1724 Salem Road Schuyler, VA 22969. The family welcomes friends and family from 12:00-2:00pm, with service starting at 2:00pm. Services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Baker and Pastor Rodger Edwards. Following the service, light refreshments will be served.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. – John 3:16