Ultimate Saints Fan: Wife honors late husband

Photo provided by Charmaine Pugh.

POSTED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:53pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:03pm

Here in Louisiana, it's pretty rare to find anyone who's not a Saints fan. So many of you bleed black and gold, but there are always thosE fans who take it to the next level, and some who consider themselves the ultimate Who Dat fan.

Lawrence Pugh was so much of a Saints fan. He had a whole room dedicated to his favorite team! His wife Charmaine said, even though he's no longer with us, his memory and love of the Saints, most certainly is.

Fun-loving and easy-going are just some words used to describe Lawrence Pugh, but at the top of that list...

"He was a true Saints fan, die hard. You know what I call him, a Who Dat King," Charlotte Brown, Lawrence's sister-in-law said.

"We decided to use this room to put all of his Saints items and souvenirs," said Charmaine Pugh.

The room has jerseys, hats, knick-knacks, and everything you can imagine.

"Boy, it's a lot!" Charmaine explained.

However, Charmaine said this is what her husband wanted. This room didn't just mean a lot to him, but to her as well.

"I'm so touched by it because after it's all over it still leaves back a lot of memories," Charmaine said. "The number one is when Porter number 22 caught the intercept, brought it all the way back, and the Saints won the Super Bowl."

That was one of the couple's favorite memories. Now the room they filled together, also holds special memories of Lawrence for Charmaine. The couple only learned he had colon cancer in May, and within weeks, Lawrence was gone. He lost the fight for his life on June 30th.

"But we had no idea that when he went to the hospital that he would be diagnosed with cancer," Charmaine said.

Lawrence was just 48. Since his diagnosis came so suddenly and his death is such a fresh wound, Charmaine said she finds comfort where she can.

"If he's okay and he found peace I have to find peace within myself, but it's hard," Charmaine said.

Even though Lawrence isn't here, Charmaine wanted to make sure his memory and love of the Saints live on.

"At his funeral service, we're planning on second lining and celebrating because that's the person that he was," Charmaine said.

"He's a Who Dat King because he honored that name. He deserves that name," Charlotte said.

Lawrance will be laid to rest Saturday morning in Plaquemine.

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