James A. “Doc” Pugh Sr.



James ‘Doc’ Pugh, Sr. was born on October 2, 1946, in Daisytown, Pennsylvania, to the Fredrick and Gladys Pickens Pugh. He attended West Junior High School and graduated in 1964 from Warren G. Harding High School. In 1965 Doc married Patricia Ann Walters, and in the same year, became one of the first blacks to own a franchise with Standard Oil of Ohio (Sohio), Pugh’s Sohio. In 1965, he was employed at Rockwell International as a press operator, in 1968 he began employment at Packard Electric Systems in manufacturing and decided to apply for apprenticeship program as a tool and die maker and in 1970 he became a licensed life insurance agent with the Citation Life Insurance Agency. In 1976, Doc opened R.B.G. Music and later expanding the complex to house a Women’s Clothing Boutique, Men’s Clothing Store, Meat and Produce Store, and The RBG Eatery. Doc was past president of Warren-Trumbull County Chapter of NAACP, served on the board at TCAP, was member of Black Men in Union, and was elected to Warren City Council. James Doc Pugh Sr., passed away on December 24, 2015, at Hospice of The Valley with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Pugh, Sr.; mother, Gladys Pickens Pugh; stepmother Marie Gary Pugh; brothers, Robert Pugh Sr., Charles Pugh Sr. and Fred Pugh, Jr., James Gary, Joseph Gary, Ernest Gary, David Gary and Dr. Melvin Gary; sisters, Gladys Fant, Frances Santiago, Theresa “Che Che’ Gary and Dolores Gary. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife of forty nine years, Patricia ‘Ann’ Walters Pugh; one daughter Pamela Pugh; one son James ‘Jimmy’ (Ru’Kiya) Pugh, Jr.; grandchildren Candice Dukes, Tavia Dukes, Janea Dukes and Micah Pugh; great-grandson Justice Dukes; brother Harry (Sandra) Pugh of Warren, Ohio, sisters, Melvon Poole of Washington, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Boss of Detroit, Michigan, and Deborah Gary of Columbus, Ohio,; brothers-in-law Arnold (Deborah) Walters, and Larry (Lois) Walters; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family will receive friends for visitation starting at 9:00am and Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11:00am Saturday January 2, 2016 at Grace Fellowship Church 2150 Niles Courtland Rd. SE Warren, Ohio 44484 (near the mall). Arrangements entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE 2500 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, Ohio In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Chase Bank to The James Doc Pugh and Patricia W. Pugh Scholarship Fund.

Condolence Messages

  1. I’m so truly sorry for your loss
    Praying for peace and comfort for the family in Jesus name

  2. Aleathea Henderson

    I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with the Pugh Family. My God watch over you in this time Of need.

  3. Buy Doc and may God bless u and the family.



  5. One of my Heros!!

  6. My condolences to you all and may the blessings of the Lord bless you in your difficult time.

  7. Sending heart felt condolences from the Smith family: Barbara, Craig, Miguel and Sonya.

  8. i am sorry about James A. “Doc” Pugh Sr i know his dad freddy and his steap mother marie they was our nabours when we live on oak st sw ill pray for the family

  9. Although I can not begin to feel the loss of your family, please accept my heart felt condolence. “Doc” has been a friend and at times a counselor to me for many years. We met when he opened RGB music, and as a young man I discovered we shared a love for the same music. And our friendship grew. He advised me about marriage, joining the military, politics and a array of other life choices. In short…he was the big brother I never had. I will miss him, until we meet again.

  10. My condolences to the family. He was a beautiful person. And a well known respected by everyone.

  11. To the family of “Doc” Pugh and my cousins Fred Pugh and Patricia Pugh Mitchell, I extend my sympathy in the passing of your loved one. May the Lord comfort you & may your loving memories of your loved one sustain you!

  12. So sorry for your loss praying for the family God is with ya He was a Good Man RIP Doc will never be forgotten.

  13. Sheryl Diane Glover

    ◦We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of “James A. Doc. Pugh Sr.”◦As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of “ Doc. Pugh” We know that words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about “ Doc. Pugh”. We are praying for the family.
    With sincere sympathy, Pastor Joseph W. & Lady Sheryl D. Glover

  14. You were a great man devoted member of the community and a staple in the minds and hearts of african americans in the city. Im privileged to have seen , spoke and encountered a man of your greatness ..you will forever be missed. R.i.h. DOC

  15. Your father will be missed. Your family is in our prayers.

  16. He was a pillar of this community that will be missed. I will always remember the conversations that he would have about being a voice for our people was as important as breathing. He was full of knowledge and shared it consistently with others that listened. I will miss my friend and I pray for the family’s healing. God bless and keep you.

  17. Brandia Trimble-Perry

    Thank you for all of your kind words an your wisdom, you shared..You will be missed.. And Thanks for living a purposed Life.. Job Well done!!!

  18. veronica Thornton

    Marlan, praying for you and your family

  19. Tederine Morgan,Burney

    To the family of James A “Doc” Pugh Sr. You have my deepest symphaty!!!! God will see you through this time… He will truly be missed by all who knew him!!!!

  20. Dahleah Johnson and family

    Prayers and condolences to the Pugh family

  21. LaLita Jones Sylla

    As you (Mrs. Pugh, Pam, and Jimmy) continue the legacy throughout your lives Mr. “Doc” Pugh shall remain among us… Thank you for sharing your Husband/Father with us!! He definitely made an impact on our community. Love You All and We are Praying!!

  22. Cheryl Jones Thompson

    Our sincerest condolences. Doc was a great person. May God bless all of you and give you the strength you need to get through this. Warren. Ohio has truly lost s great man.
    Mr. &Mrs. Jack Thompson & family

  23. My condolences and prayers to the family. Mr. Pugh will be missed never forgotten. The Baugh Family.

  24. Sandra Hightower

    With Deepest Sympathy

  25. Zachary Henderson

    Sorry for your loss Mrs Pugh may God continue to bless you and your family if anything i can do please let me know may God bless and keep you

  26. Condolences to the Pugh family, Doc was a good friend of my family my prayers are with you!!!

  27. Rest East Mr. Pugh,
    Gone is the leader, as well as the voice.
    Saddened as we mourn a teacher, that taught pride as his choice.
    Proud to say, Jimmy, I see what you mean.
    As we mourn our hero, that showed us the strength of the Red Black and Green.

  28. Karen Logan Gamble

    Remembering the bond between our families dating back to Daisytown, Pa. Memories will last forever! Praying for the entire Pugh and Walters family. Love from our family to yours. Karen Logan Gamble

  29. Doc you were GOOD GUY…A BUNCH OF WILL MISS U…but we will never 4get u…R.I.P.

  30. Charlene W. Allen

    God comfort the family at this time of grief, Doc was a gentleman who loved his family and community. I will never forget his kindness toward me during my grieving process in the loss of my husband Edward Allen.
    God makes no mistakes, we Christians will meet again in eternity.
    God Bless You All.
    Charlene W. Allen, Warren, OH

  31. Alvin & Helen Howard and family

    We’re praying God gives you peace and comfort in your time of grief. We are so sorry for your loss. Love you all.

  32. So sorry to hear of Doc’s passing, please accept our deepest condolences. I grew up with Doc back in Brownsville, PA and even though we haven’t seen each other in over 50 years I have never forgotten you my friend. RIP Doc

  33. Rest Easy Mr. Pugh,
    Gone is the leader, as well as the voice.
    Saddened as we mourn a teacher, that taught pride as his choice.
    Proud to say, Jimmy, I see what you mean.
    As we mourn our hero, that showed us the strength of the Red Black and Green.

  34. To the Pugh family I am so sorry for your love Doc was such a wonderful guy I remember as a little girl seeing him at his gas station on the corner of spring and Main Street! He will be surely missed by our community rest in peace. Doc

  35. Keeping your family in my prayers, God Bless

  36. Rev Linda Peterson-Jackson

    I am sorry for your loss. The Jackson family.

  37. Sharon & Fornieles Richburg and Family

    Keeping your family in my prayers, God Bless

  38. May the Grace of God provide the family comfort and peace during this time of sorrow. Respectfully,

  39. Jimmy and Kia, my deepest sympathies to your entire family. Your father was a tremendous man and made such a wonderful and lasting impact on our community. Sending prayers of comfort and peace. May his memory be eternal. +

  40. My condolences, to the family of Doc Pugh, he was an outstanding leader and mentor, for the Warren community.

  41. My condolences to the family of James ‘Doc’ Pugh, I count myself lucky to be able to say that I actually met and knew this great man…

  42. Kimberly Watson Reeves

    Prayers, peace and blessings to the family.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Kimberly Watson Reeves

  43. I offer my condolences to the family of a great man, husband, father, friend and community leader. You will be missed, but your legacy lives on.
    Rest in peace my brother, you fought a good foght

  44. Cynthia Core Fulton

    Doc Pugh was a great man , He will truly be miss . I pray that God gives you his peace, you have my sympathy.

  45. Mr Pugh was an amazing man and member of the society. He brought a lot of people together. His presence always brought good spirits and it carried with his family. I am so grateful to have been blessed to know the Pugh’s. His legacy in the valley will long live and I pray for peace and comfort for the family. Mrs Pugh, Pam, Jimmy (Ru’Kiya) and grand babies, you have my sympathy.

  46. Ronnie & Rosilyn Mitchell

    Prayers going out to the Pugh family

  47. To the Pugh family Warren loves You! A champion for civil rights! Human rights! God rights! A man who did not make music but shared music to the world! An entrepreneur before the word made known! God bless and comfort the Pugh Family! Senior pastors Derrick &Carol Scott! Our prayers and love!

  48. Ronald J Franklin Sr

    Rest in peace my friend my mentor who will be sorely missed but never forgotten to the family my condolences and you are in my prayers

  49. Min Alvin Walker

    To my dear friend Ann & family, May the GOD of love and peace comfort you in this time of sadness and the loss of your love one. For He will never leave you or forsake you. And rest assured He’ll be there in those dark and lonely moments when you need Him most.

  50. Alex & Tia Engram

    Our Deepest sympathy to the Pugh family. May God give you strength during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

  51. I always remember how cool it was for a couple of white guys from the West Side to walk into RBG Music, and deal with Mr. Pugh to get the latest Rap Albums of the day and listen to Music in his Store. I went to school with his son Jimmy, and frequently ran into him, and his Dad minding the Store, and turning us on to cool Music.

    The World certainly needs nore Men and Women like Mr. Pugh (and Jimmy), with the same open mind and kindness to everyone. God Bless the Pugh Family, and I hope to see you Jim if we have a 30th Reunion from WWR. One Love.

  52. Linda Merrell and family

    My deepest condolences go out to the enire Pugh family. May God give you peace that passes all understanding, at this your time of bereavement. My prayers are with you all.

  53. To the family. We mourn for you as well as with you. Alberta Black & family Our Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy To the”Entire Pugh Family”

  54. What a Legacy to lay rest. Rest In Heaven Doc. Peace and Grace be unto Family and Friends during this time of mourning and celebration.

  55. May God comfort you in the home going of your loved one. R.I.H. Doc

  56. sonja chaney-bowler

    Praying for strength for your family during this most difficult time. God bless you all.

  57. Andre(Wanda) Bennnett

    Andre +Wanda Bennett send are deepest sympathy to the Pugh Family.We are going to Miss Mr.Doc to, we will keep all of u in our prayers.God bless

  58. George Freeman, Jr.

    NAACP Youngstown Branch
    George Freeman, Jr., President

    Rest in Peace Doc.
    You were a true Warrior and Spokesman for our people. We are better off because you passed our way. Many people have benefited from your labor.
    Rest assured that we will try to carry on.

  59. Deacon Andre Allie SR.

    R.I.P. My friend take your rest ,my our God hold your family up on all sides at this time !!!

  60. The Osborne family send condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you all during this time.

  61. My condolences to the family of Mr. Pugh. He was a good man who worked to make his community better. He will be missed. May God help you at this time and going forward.

  62. Adrienne Hickey

    From your family in Chicago, we love you and just know that Doc will truly be missed.
    Cousin Pauline and Vardman Hamilton and daughters-Adrienne Hickey and Kimberly Hamilton-Ross

  63. Wannie Hill-Scott

    My condolences to the Pugh family. Doc was like a big brother to me and I will miss him. He did great things for Warren. A friend to everyone he met. May God give you all peace in knowing he will always be with us in sprit.

  64. Alfred & Thelma McCoy

    GOD will keep you in perfect love and peace .
    Doc will truly be missed, but we shall see him again.

  65. Doc was a terrific example of a good family and community leader. He was also a great friend to many. May he rest in peace. God bless, keep and strengthen the family during their grief.

  66. Pastors Kevin & Barbara Andrews

    To The Family of James A. “Doc” Pugh,
    We send our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one and know that we’re praying for you.
    Pastors Kevin & Barbara Andrews

  67. Tahsha (Johnson) Yancy

    My condolences to the Pugh family. Just no that I’m praying for you all, I’m praying that God grant you the strength you need to endure this difficult time. I love you guys

  68. Ronald P Stringer, Sr.

    We are very sorry for your loss and offer our sincerest condolences in your time of sorrow. Sorry we could not be with you, but please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

    Ronald P. Stringer, Sr. & Family

  69. Howard and Barbara Broome

    May the family find strength in the love and respect we have for “Doc”. He challenged us to advocate. Thank you for sharing “Doc” with us.
    Howard and Barb Broome, family

  70. Renee Rawlings-Freeman

    To Cousin Ann, Pam and Jimmy,

    I was very sorrow hear about cousin Doc’s passing. He was an incredible human being. I will always remember the days of coming to buy records at RBG and shopping at Trevaire’s. I remember he would always try to talk me into coming back to Warren to live and work after I completed my nursing degree. He was very much about improving the community. You all are in my prayers and stay encouraged. God’s comfort and speed to you.

    Renee Rawlings – Freeman, Rock and Jocelyn

  71. I am grateful for the life, legacy, and fight of Doc Pugh. My prayers and sympathy go out to his wife and children. Thank God for Doc Pugh!

  72. Mr.&Mrs. Robert &Karen Harvey III

    Our Deepest Condolences to the PUGH family
    So sorry for you loss Great Man he was May God Keep and comfort you all

    Prayers and Sincere Condolences

  73. Kenya Smith &Family

    To the family and close friends of Mr. DOC PUGH…. We are sincerely sorry for your loss.. “Doc” was a icon in Warren and a very loved figure in our Community….Always encouraging his people to do better and to be better… His life and his works will live on in our hearts….. Rest assured his Transition was well received…and his home going was welcomed with a “Job Well Done”. God Bless you all in this time…
    JOHNNIE MAE, KENYA, and Alex.❤

  74. Evette Tisdale Henderson and Juanita Tisdale Day

    In this time of sorrow we would like to send our prayers and condolences to your family.

  75. Marvella Johnson

    To the family of Mr. ‘Doc’ Pugh,

    You have my deepest sympathy during your time of bereavement. My prayers are with each and every one of you at this time. I will always remember Mr. Pugh and his great ‘stature’ but with a kindhearted spirit and his representation for the rights of all citizens within the City of Warren. He will truly be missed. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

  76. My name is Ted Zmuda. I worked at Private Industry Council and Doc hired a person through the training program when he first opened the meat store at RBG.
    I want to tell Doc’s family that Doc was one of the best business owners I have ever met ! His sincere dream for uplifting the neighborhood was beyond what I had ever seen.
    It was truely an honor to have several brief meetings with Doc and to hear his ideas about how change can be nurtured along begginning at the micro-economic
    level as he was doing with his RBG Complex !
    My condolences to all of Doc’s family.
    I was very sad to see that Doc had passed

  77. Eugenia Seals McMillion

    Praying our God
    Family and Friends
    In this difficult time

  78. Dear Patti and family, I was so sorry to read of Doc’s passing. I knew him for over 20 years because we were on the Supervisry Committee at the credit union at the same time. He always had a positive attitude and was an inspiration to everyone. our sympathy and condolences to all of you, Sincerely, Arlene and Gary Mathes

  79. It was a pleasure to know Doc Pugh. He was a very nice man always the same. I worked with him at Packard. My sympathies to his wife & family.

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