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Moody Pugh Jr., devoted to church, area politics

May 19, 1941 – Nov. 25, 2015

Moody Pugh Jr. of Buffalo, who was devoted to his church and local Democratic Party politics, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 74.

He was born in Pensacola, Fla., the oldest son of the late Rev. Moody Sr. and Nazziree Pugh. In 1955, his father was reassigned to Buffalo, where he established two Christian Methodist Episcopal churches – New Mount Olive and Wesley Chapel. The family later moved its membership to Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, where the younger Mr. Pugh became active, serving as chairman of the trustee ministry and lay council, as well as a member of the steward ministry, male chorus, men’s ministry and Sunday school.

In 1995, Mr. Pugh started the Sons of Calvary, a group of young men who perform religious songs. He also served in several leadership positions on the district and annual conference levels.

Mr. Pugh was a Democratic committeeman for 40 years. He was the first African-American chairman of the party’s zone chairman association and served as vice chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

He also started the Ellicott Young Democratic Club, serving as the president for eight years, and started the Ellicott District Political Caucus.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Maryetta Washington; two sons, Lamont and the Rev. Tiggs Washington; three brothers, Johnnie, Sylvester and the Rev. Raymond; four sisters, Lizzie Smith, Sarah Lewis, Patricia Terry and Georgia Ann Hoosier; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1007 Ellicott St.

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