OBITUARY

George Lee Purnell

December 27, 1929January 26, 2021
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George Lee Purnell, age 91, of Terrell, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 with family at his side. George was born December 27, 1929 in Dallas, Texas to Carl and Lydia Purnell both of whom preceded him in death along with his wife Evelyn Lee Purnell, niece, Doris Hugley, sister, Nanny Hugley and great grandson, Carter Rylan Purnell. George graduated from Sunset High School in Oakcliff, Texas, class of 1947 and studied at the University of North Texas. In 1953 he married the love of his life Evelyn Lee and they were married for 56 years. George proudly served in four different branches of the United States Military including the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Army National Guard where he retired in 1989 as Command Sgt. Major. He was also a lifetime member of the National Guard Association. George served the Dallas community for 25 years as a Dallas Police Officer from 1955-1980. He was a member of The Gideons International, The American Legion and also a Mason for 60 years. He was a devoted and faithful member of First Christian Church in Terrell, Texas for many years. George was a licensed Ham Radio Operator for 65 years. Among those titles and roles he was first a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a very good friend to those who knew him best. George is survived by his three children: Michael Lee Purnell and wife Debbie, Denise Purnell Smiley and husband Tom and Wendy Purnell Akin and husband Richard; seven grandchildren: Cobie Burns, Matthew Smiley, Nathan Purnell, Kevin Smiley, Malori Akin, Katy Williams and Justin Williams; fourteen great grandchildren: Jackson Smiley, Jillian Smiley, Regan Purnell, Pierson Smiley, Kennedy Purnell, Lauren Burns, Ella Burns, Kason Smiley, Grant Purnell, Coleson Smiley, Harper Wooten, Tatum Akin, Lillie Wooten and Piper Hill along with other family and friends who will miss him dearly. A visitation for George will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at First Christian Church, 405 N Adelaide St, Terrell, Texas. A celebration of life will immediately follow at 11:00 AM followed by a military graveside service at 2:00 PM at Restland Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, Texas where he will be laid to rest by his wife. In lieu of flower please make donations to The American Cancer Society. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.andersonclaytonterrell.com for the Purnell family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Jerry Burr

March 9, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss as well as the fact that I just found out about George passing. I didn't know him but for the last ten years. What a wonderful man he was! I honor him for his military service, his service to the people of Dallas and his love for his coffee shop friends. I am fortunate to have known this fine man and I will miss him!

Colby McFadden

February 6, 2021

American Legion post 162 of Terrell Tx, We send our deepest condolences and offer our hand shall you need anything from us!

Alta and Terry condran

February 4, 2021

George was a true friend and his love for God came through in his conversations.You will truly be missed

Heather McElwain

February 2, 2021

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Purnell and his family. He was great at giving me a hard time and taking the hard times I gave him. He told me he liked that I was able to take jokes and hand them right back. He loved his kids so very much. The blessings they gave each other daily will stay with me. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of his life.

Tom Smiley

February 1, 2021

Best father in law I could ever hope for. Accepted me in to his family 47 years ago. Always enjoyed talking with him. We shared many memories. He was always there for me. I will truly miss him.

A.G. “Gill” Henson

February 1, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with each of you during the loss of your dear loved one and in the days to come. Our prayer is for God’s comfort, care, and understanding with His love surrounding each of you. We were honored to know, serve with, and follow the legacy he left at the Dallas Police Department. Our hearts are heavy and we are with you... today and forever. God’s love and blessings to you. May you find peace in God’s word and plan. Amen.

Fellow Officers of the Dallas Police Department

Nathan purnell

January 31, 2021

Four generations of Purnell men! Rest In Peace PaPa

John Allen

January 30, 2021

May George RIP and Godspeed my Brother in Blue,and my good Worthy Brother. Philippians 1:21- For me to live is Christ, to die is gain. John R. Allen,Retired DPD & Retired Alvarado PD

anton peterson

January 30, 2021

the purnell family became our neighbors in1960 in mesqute george was a great family man great friend and neighbor loved his ham radio society lost a great man god bless the family through this time of sadness

Vickie Battle

January 29, 2021

Prayers for you, Wendy & your family.

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