Marcella D Purdom

March 5, 1922August 29, 2021

Marcella D. Purdom, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Marcella is preceded in death by her parents, Antonio and Hazel Dee; her husband, James Nelson Purdom, Sr.; sister, Mary and brother, Tony.

She is survived by her son, James Purdom, Jr.; daughter, Judy Cogossi; brother, Richard Dee (Cliff), San Jose, Ca; niece, Donna and nephew, Rick; grandchildren, James, Adam David, Tim, Jason, Michelle, Marcie and Chrisie and several great grandchildren. Marcella is survived by many friends and family in Sicily and Italy.

Marcella was a member of First Baptist Church in Knoxville and she was an advocate for the deaf.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Purdom family.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 3, 2021


Marcella D Purdom

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Rebecca A Gunter

September 5, 2021

I'll never forget my last visit to Aunt Marcella... She was my favorite person's ( Mary Elizabeth Matches) little sister. Her backyard Flores and roses inspired a passion in me for flowers that exists to this day......she was a tough, brave, and special lady. Rebecca Gunter ( nee Mathes)

Teresa Smith

September 4, 2021

James and family,

So sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. I was so glad to meet her a few years ago and enjoyed our talks . Glad to be called a cousin
My grandmother Della Prince and Aunt Hazel were half-sisters . I remember the letters they wrote each other.

Teresa Smith

Richard DEE

September 2, 2021

My sister Marcella and I had a very special relationship. Since I moved to california when i was young we only saw each other in person a limited number of times. We always kept touch over the years however. I recent years we visited a lot through phone calls. i knew my sister as an intelligent and kind person. she loved my spouse Clifford Porazynski as much as she did me. She was proud of me for going to college and becoming a lecturer in music and the arts at San jose sState University for many years. She often wished that she had more opportunities for education. She and I were very proud of our italian heritage since. our father Antonio DiDia Dee in this country was born in Italy. I will remember and miss my beloved sister. She will remain in the memories of we who loved her Richard Dee

Donna Breeden (Mathes)

September 2, 2021

There are not enough words to describe how much I will miss laughing and talking with Aunt Marcella. She was intelligent, quick-witted, stronger than most people knew, and one of the most loving people I've known. She took her hearing impaired brother and sister under her wing; was a fierce defender of their well-being and care. She loved Jim and Judy with all her heart & spoke often to me of her appreciation of, and pride in them. She loved her family beyond measure. She also expressed to me her love of God and confidence in him to care for her and those she loved.

My love and prayers are with her family and friends.

I love you, Aunt Marcella. I am so grateful for you!
Rest in sweet peace.


Richard Mathes

August 30, 2021

My Aunt Marcella was a beautiful woman inside and out. She will be missed by many here, but she is with the Lord and her departed family in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim,Judy,and all of her family. She was a wonderful woman.