Rodney Lamar Purser

October 30, 1938October 15, 2020

Rodney L Purser, 81, passed away October 15, 2020. He was born in Charlotte, NC to the late Lon and Odessa Purser. He was the loving and devoted husband of 48 years to Carol Flenniken Purser.

He was predeceased by sisters; Marzelle Cooper, Jean McMackin, Doris Sifford, brother Dennis Purser, nephews; Lanny Sigmon and Gary Purser as well as his in-laws; Robert and Bunah Flenniken. He attended East Mecklenburg High School and went on to receive his J.D. degree from UNC Chapel Hill. He then spent his 50 year career as an attorney specializing in real estate transactions, wills and estates. He enjoyed his work, cherished his staff and had a passion for helping people. His true love was was his family but farming was in his blood.

Not only did he have a home garden that he relished sharing, he also owned White Rock Farms with two of his three sons. He was an avid Carolina fan rarely missing an opportunity to cheer his Tar Heels on. He was also famous for sharing his pecan fudge clusters to the delight of his colleagues, family and friends. A tedious recipe he learned from his mother at the age of 12 and used her “Magic Spoon” for every batch.

He was a lifelong member of Hickory Grove United Methodist and more recently attended Bethel Church of Midland. His faith and church were deeply rooted in his soul and he shared that strength with his community, friends, co-workers, clients and most importantly his family.

In addition to his wife, Rodney will be missed by his three sons; Roddy (Allison), Zach (Jen) and Josh(Amy). He was a proud GrandDad to Avi, Nolan, Arley Grae, Delia, Finn, Charlie, Clara, Maizy, Hatley and Hutch. He is also survived by his nieces; Tamara Griffin (Bill), Mona Huntley, Ansle Hudson, Leia Dean (Benny), Sydna Verross and nephews Wayne Purser (Polly), Lee Purser (Patti) as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.

His wish was to be remembered as “a good and loving husband, father and grandfather, giving to others and giving God the praise and glory for all the successes I have.” He will forever be cherished and the lessons he taught us will be instilled in generations to come.

His service of Hope and Celebration will be held Monday, October 19th, 2020 at Bethel Church of Midland at 11:00 am with visitation immediately following the service. A burial service for family and friends will be held at 3 pm that day at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC. There will be opportunity one hour prior to the service to pay personal respects and viewing.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Church of Midland 12700 Idlebrook Road Midland, NC 28107


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


Rodney Lamar Purser

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Kim Wallace

October 23, 2020

Carol, Roddy, Zack and Josh, I am so sorry for your loss! I worked with Rodney and Dale many years ago. I was right out of Kings College and interviewed with Rodney to be Dale's secretary while Dale was on vacation. Imagine his surprise when he returned from vacation. He was like "who are you" and I said "I'm your secretary, Rodney hired me." I remember Rodney getting calls from neighbors that his cows were out and out the door he went. It didn't matter what was going on in the office, the cows came first! I have many great stories and cherished memories of my time working at his office, including those delicious pecan fudge candies. I have the recipe but I only make it when I have all hands on deck to scoop it out because you have to work fast or it will set-up on you! He was a great man and a kind sole. He will truly be missed by all!

George Miffleton

October 20, 2020

Carol, Roddy,Zach andJosh my condolences your husband and Dad was one of a kind. You each have big shoes to fill! It was always a special day when I saw a Purser. Best to your families

Dennis Baker

October 19, 2020

Carol, sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Charlotte Hudson

October 19, 2020

I will never forget in between Mortgage Banking jobs and Rod called me and Dale Fussell when one of the paralegals never came back from lunch, so I went in to help them out I found loans not shipped and wrote notes (before computers) Rod would be in a closing and I would retype a HUD or Deed because I did not follow instructions but one of the most patient kind and loving Christian Man I would laugh when he would pull out his box at lunch time with Vienna Sausage, Beenie Weenies, Potted Meat He gave me a bonus and I bought this Porch Set that still sits on my porch right now, because I have lungs that might be a risk I am heartbroken I cannot come to the funeral My husband died year and half ago and I called Rod not easy for both of us Carol, I also need add this while in a closing he would get a call his cows was out and out the door he would go to get the cows and leave it all with Dale I still have a relationship with Dale many wonderful years with both Attorneys, love to the family

Dan Lyons

October 19, 2020

Prayers for the family. This wonderful gentleman will be missed.

Lou & Jimmie Carson

October 19, 2020

Carol, Roddie, Josh, Zach, and Family,
Rod will be missed by many. He was a fine Christian man and a great neighbor. He always had a smile every time you saw him and a joke in his hip pocket to share . He fought a hard battle, but now he has won and defeated all the stumbling blocks along the way. May we ALL be blessed to see the Light as he did and rest peacefully beside our Lord.
Prayers and comfort to you all that the Lord will continue to wrap his loving arms around you as the days pass and you miss his presence.

Raven Monti

October 18, 2020

I have worked with Rod for five years now and I’m great full for that time. He would always have a “dad” joke to tell our customers at closing and if I remember correctly would give the customers a print out of his jokes so they could share them. You will be missed greatly. My deepest sympathies.

Linda Carpenter Benson

October 18, 2020

I am remembering all the good times with Rod and his family at church. His light is now shining as he walks beside Jesus in His heavenly home. May we rejoice in our memories as we grieve his loss. I am praying for the family

John Hovis

October 18, 2020

I had great respect for Rodney, as his banker in the 70s and 80s at United Carolina Bank, and as a client of his firm. He prepared our first estate planning documents. Rodney was a trusted friend and valuable resource. Please accept my condolences.

Michael Sealy

October 17, 2020

Rodney Purser, what a phenomenal man. I've had the honor of knowing Rod since the late 70s. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship that we had.
Rod was a man of such good character and always with concern for others. That was the experience I enjoyed from him.
May Rodney Purser's family find comfort and tranquility in this moment in time.

Corinthians 1:3-4
" 3-Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4- who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God".


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