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Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN

OBITUARY

John D. Purcell

26 December , 19497 June , 2019
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John David Purcell passed away peacefully in Memphis, Tennessee on June 7 at the age of 69. John is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Cynthia and their three outstanding children, his daughter Jennifer, son Andrew and his wife Michele, Christopher, his wife Melissa, and their daughter, Sydney. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Ann Purcell, brother Tom Purcell and sister Barbara Wiley. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Jo Cohen. John was born in Murphysboro, Illinois to John Thomas and Wilma Wanstreet Purcell. John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Memphis State University with a degree in business. He was a parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and lived in Memphis for over 30 years. A gathering of Friends and Family is scheduled Monday, June 10, 2019, from 9:00 Am until 11:00 AM, immediately followed by a funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in memory of John Purcell to: Angel Program for Autistic Children at Holy Rosary School, 4841 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117 or Methodist Hospice 1211 Union Avenue Suite 450 Memphis, TN 38104. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Purcell family.

  • FAMILY

  • Cynthia Purcell, Wife
  • Jennifer Purcell, Daughter
  • Andrew Purcell (Michele), Son
  • Christopher Purcell (Melissa), Son
  • Sydney Purcell, Granddaughter
  • Elizabeth Ann Purcell, Sister
  • Tom Purcell, Brother
  • Barbara Wiley, Sister
  • He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Jo Cohen.
  • DONATIONS

  • Angel Program for Autistic Children at Holy Rosary School
  • Methodist Hospice

Services

  • Gathering of Friends and Family Monday, 10 June , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, 10 June , 2019

Memories

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Gary Wills

12 June 2019

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a classmate and a team mate. Prayers for John, Cynthia, and all the family🙏✝️

Gary Wills

Susan Lassy

12 June 2019

We moved across the street from the Purcell’s on Dewey Street when I was in 7th grade. John Purcell, was the “big kid” (the oldest) in the neighborhood and we did look up to him! John would be over in our backyard most days playing whiffle ball with my brothers Jim and Bill Mitchell. I also played with them sometimes. We would stay out in the backyard until late at night. John was always joking around, he did his famous John Wayne impression with the swagger, and we were all impressed. John was very polite, a gentleman, even in high school, during a very turbulent era in the 60s and 70s. We cheered him on from the sidelines as we watched him play football in high school. He represented MTHS well. I’ll always remember John for embodying the spirit of being easy going, always doing the right thing. He became John Wayne, a neighborhood kids’ hero. That was John.

My prayers and love to John’s family and friends, Elizabeth Purcell and Janice Purcell Smith. 🙏❤️ I will keep you all in prayer, meditation, and light! Susan Mitchell Lassy

John Carrico

10 June 2019

Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers. John was a great guy who served his country and raised a loving family-a man filled with faith and compassion who loved his family and friends dearly. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With love, John and Pat

Elizabeth Purcell

8 June 2019

My brother John had prowess with the pen!

John wrote the most wonderfully, dynamic eulogy for our mother highlighting values they shared-unwavering faith in God, love of family and an affinity with beauty and perfection.

John was a Southern Gentleman, an adoring husband to Cynthia, a loving father to Jennifer, Andy and Chris, Sadie’s loyal friend as well as a fun-loving kindred spirit recognized by his grandchild, Sidney.

John’s last words to me were “See ya down the road”……………….(Our paths will cross again!)

On June 7, 2019, John gave God his pen.

Amen

Tony Wagnitz

8 June 2019

I have great memories of how your dad (and mom) we’re always so kind and welcoming to me and other kids at your house, school events, church, etc. I’m thinking of you all as you deal with your loss and sending smiles from my heart. Take care.

Tony Wagnitz

Randall Roper

7 June 2019

I met John over 30 years ago at Thomson McKinnon Securities and we quickly became good friends. I will miss him greatly and pray for Cynthia and the kids as they grieve this huge loss in their family. John was a good man and I am thankful he was a part of my life.

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Biography

John David Purcell passed away peacefully in Memphis, Tennessee on June 7 at the age of 69.
John is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Cynthia and their three outstanding children, his daughter Jennifer, son Andrew and his wife Michele, Christopher, his wife Melissa, and their daughter, Sydney. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Ann Purcell, brother Tom Purcell and sister Barbara Wiley. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Jo Cohen.
John was born in Murphysboro, Illinois to John Thomas and Wilma Wanstreet Purcell. John proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Memphis State University with a degree in business. He was a parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and lived in Memphis for over 30 years.
A gathering of Friends and Family is scheduled Monday, June 10, 2019, from 9:00 Am until 11:00 AM, immediately followed by a funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in memory of John Purcell to: Angel Program for Autistic Children at Holy Rosary School, 4841 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38117 or Methodist Hospice
1211 Union Avenue Suite 450 Memphis, TN 38104.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Purcell family.