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Celebrating the life of....Preston C. Tuttle

Family Gathering: 209 Warner Street

Thomasville, NC 27360

Public Visitation: Friday, February 7, 2020

S.E. Thomas Funeral & Cremation Services

1-6 pm

Funeral Service: Saturday, February 8, 2020

1:00 pm

First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church

103 Church Street, Thomasville, NC 27360


Preston Connell Tuttle (Press) begin his wonderful journey of life on September 21, 1946 in Midway, NC; born to the late John Wesley Tuttle and Clay Carl (Wagner) Tuttle. Press found a peaceful rest stop along his journey on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Thomasville Medical Center.

Press attended Dunbar High School, Lexington, NC. He retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries, Thomasville, NC with over 40 years of great service.

Press found solace in praise and worship throughout his life in two churches, Brooks Temple United Methodist Church in Midway, NC in early years. In most recent years, First Missionary Baptist Church of Thomasville, NC; where he participated in the Men’s Ministry as well as the Men’s Choir. He was also a member of the NOWW Social Club a civic organization that supported the local community in numerous ways.

Press was a distinguished gentleman, a man of few words but so many talents and wisdom impossible to fathom. Some of those talents include cooking, horseshoe player, auto and home repairs. Mister “Fix-it” with masking tape in hand. He enjoyed sporting events; live as well as televised, not limited to baseball, basketball, football, and NASCAR auto racing. He loved life, family, friends, cars and music. He was a fisherman and a hunter. Simplicity is the foundation of the utmost and noble distinction, as Press hunted deer, rabbit and squirrel; fished in creeks and lakes. Wisdom showed him that what he hunted and fished, was better than any big game animal or largest fish in the sea.

Press leaves to cherish him, his beloved wife of 37 years Freda (Mrs. Free, as he affectionately called her). As an avid lover of Al Green music, if “Pressy” as she affectionately called him had one song for her it would be “I’m Still in Love with You”.

In addition, “Bo” (another name used by family and close friends) will be dearly missed by his sons Rodney Chaney, High Point, NC; Bryan (Crystal) Tuttle-Chaney, Rural Hall, NC. Grandchildren Joshua Tuttle of the home, Joshua Byers, Brandon Turner, Denisha Turner, Marie Turner, Tiffany Turner, Shaquille Chaney, Madison Chaney, Morgan Chaney, and Megan Chaney. A special great grandson Jemel Eller and 6 great grandchildren. Also, a sister Juanita Tuttle, Midway, NC. Brothers John (Bernice) Tuttle, Midway, NC; Mack Tuttle, Midway, NC. Mother-in-law Shirley Oliver, Thomasville, NC. Brother-in-laws Walter Graham, Thomasville, NC; Roosevelt Rubin, Midway, NC. Sister-in-laws Karen Drayton, Thomasville, NC; Faith (Keith) Tuttle; Winston-Salem, NC; Kimberly Oliver, Jamestown, NC. Special cousins Lillie Oglesby, Von Rubin and Wanda Young. Special Friends Denise Welborn, Kenneth Smith, and Lester Epps.

He was preceded in death by siblings Martha Graham, Lois (Robert) Melton, Sylvia Mae Rubin, and Everett (Ola) Tuttle.

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