MSG Jimmie Vanoy Purcell Jr.

March 8, 1965February 1, 2019

Jimmie V. Purcell Jr., 53, of Bartow, FL passed away as a result of a motorcycle accident Friday, February 1, 2019. Jimmie is survived by his loving wife Andrea; sons Joshua and Adam; mother Nancy; sisters Jody, Kathy, Patti, Vanan and Connie; brothers Bill and Louis. He is preceded in death by his fathers Jimmie V. Purcell Sr. and James Murphy. Jimmie graduated from Bartow High School in 1983. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 from The University of Maryland. He was currently working on his Master’s degree. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army Special Forces Green Berets, retiring after 22 years. In his retirement, he founded the MacDill chapter of the Special Forces Brotherhood Motorcycle Club. He loved cooking foods from all over the world and riding his Harley. He considered his friends family and his family friends. Services will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11AM at Veterans Memorial Park – 3602 N US Highway 301, Tampa, FL 33619. After the service, a celebration of life will take place at AMVETS Post 44 - 5521 FL-60, Plant City, FL 33567. In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made to help the family at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 16, 2019

MSG Jimmie Vanoy Purcell Jr.

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Patrick George

February 16, 2019

Farewell to the man who taught me what life underwater was all about. You made everything around you better that it was when you got there.

Eve Saffri

February 15, 2019

Many prayers for comfort and peace go out to Jimmie’s family and friends.. he was truly one of the kindest men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will forever remember and be grateful for his kindness and friendship.
R.I.P Brother

Kathy Curci-DeGaro

February 12, 2019

Andrea and Boys,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Please know you are in everyone's thoughts and prayers at the VA.

Rachel Brink

February 11, 2019

Andrea and Family,
My deepest condolences. Andrea, please know how much you are loved and that your VA family is so saddened by the news of Jimmie's death. Life is so incredibly fragile and precious.


Bernadette Blanton

February 10, 2019

Dearest Andrea, Words can’t express my sorrow for your loss. My heart breaks for you. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Bernadette

Eddie Morris

February 9, 2019

I am Eddie Morris, I am Jimmy Purcell, Sr. First cousin. Sr and I had a lot of fun as young boys. I am sorry that I never met Jr., and am sad to hear of his death. So sorry that our families got so far apart. God bless all of you and maybe get to meet sometime. Sorry for your loss.
Eddie Morris

Belinda Berra

February 8, 2019

Andrea and family. Please know that you are not walking this alone. Many of us are here to provide support and love. Much love, Belinda