Two Pitt County men serving with Sudan Shriners

NEW BERN — A Grimesland man has been elected as the 100th Potente for Sudan Shriners, and a Greenville man was appointed to the board of directors.

Noble Samuel Stacey Pugh from the Pitt County Shrine Club in Greenville was elected on Jan. 28 as the 100th Potentate for Sudan Shriners, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Sudan Shriners. The election was held at the temple’s annual meeting and election of officers in New Bern amidst a full weekend of activities kicking off the fraternity’s 100th anniversary. The term “Potentate” is given to CEO of the temple and as such is one of the seven voting elected members of the “Divan,” or board of directors.

Pugh is married to the former Danette Braxton. They have a son and daughter and reside in the Grimesland community. Pugh is now the president and CFO in a four-generation family business and oversees the day-to-day operations of Pugh Tire and Service Centers Inc. in Greenville, a business started by his grandfather in 1945.

During the same meeting, Pugh appointed Charles E. “Chuck” Coddington, a Pitt County Shriner from Greenville, as the “Outer Guard,” a ceremonial term given to the newest member of the five appointed members of the board of directors for Sudan Shriners. He holds several degrees in engineering/technology positions over 37 years and teaches at East Carolina University, according to the release. Chuck has five grown children and is married to Tammy Morton…

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