Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN


Walter Dayton Purnell Jr.

October 15, 1929November 18, 2019

Purnell, Walter D. 90 of Knoxville, TN passed away Monday, November 18, 2019. He was a longtime member of Shannondale Presbyterian Church where he was very dedicated to the function and upkeep of the church. Walter served as an Army Medic during the Korean War and was a proud veteran. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Walter enjoyed spending time with family, working at his business, and giving back to the community. He was a honored member of the Lions Club in Lake City. Walter was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary Purnell; daughter, Karen Bradley; grandson, Kevin Bradley; siblings, Kittie Speight, Charline Smith, Hugh Purnell. He is survived by grandsons; Adam Bradley, Derek Bradley; great granddaughters, Savannah, Emma, Alexis; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Friday, November 22, 2019 from 12-2pm with funeral service at 2pm at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home. Procession to Greenwood Cemetery on Tazewell Pike for burial Friday, November 22nd at 3pm.


  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, November 22, 2019


Walter Dayton Purnell Jr.

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Adam P. Bradley

November 19, 2019

Words can not express the love and admiration I have for my Grandfather. My brothers and I learned so much from our “Papaw”, and I am truly grateful to have had the time I did with him.

Jake Ankrom

November 19, 2019

Mr. Purnell was one of the most admirable men I've ever known.

I believe we can all learn a few lessons from him.

His service to this great nation, his service to his community, and his love and compassion for his family.

I remember as a youth, he would pay me and Derek more than we deserved to do a landscaping job, while at the same breath making sure we didn't spend a single "dolla" more than needed on supplies.

At an early age, I was fortunate to learn from a keen businessman that embodied a diligent work ethic with family values in every aspect of his life.

Dennis Peavy

November 19, 2019

Walter Purnell was a very fine man. In the years that I knew him, he was always respectful, generous, and genuine. He never spoke down to anyone and always treated his wife, Mary, like a queen. The world could use many more people like him. I was blessed to know him.