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J.C. Purcell

J C  Purcell was born September 17, 1927 in Quitaque, Texas to Cecil and Edna Othell (Merrell) Purcell.  He attended Beaver High School and he enlisted in the United States Navy. He married Johnnie Lauraetta Karnes on November 8, 1947 in Perryton, Texas. She passed on December 24, 2002.  He was a Shop Supervisor for Beaver County.    

J C passed on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Beaver County Nursing Home, Beaver, Oklahoma at the age of 91.   

He is survived by his sons, Jon Christopher Purcell of Beaver, Oklahoma, Cecil Howard Purcell of Florence, Texas; his daughter, Kerri Radcliff, Forgan, Oklahoma; his brother,  Doyle Wayne Purcell of Stinnett, Texas; sisters, Carol Jean Ringo of Plano, Texas, Connie Smith of Silverton, Texas, Diane Johnston of Canyon, Texas and Ruth Procter of Quitaque, Texas; 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren; his special companion, Frances Alberty and a host of other family and friends.

Memorials may be made to any of the Beaver County Emergency Services, Fire-Ambulance-Sheriff; or Jones and Plummer Museum or the Beaver Library.

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I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I hope you may find comfort at Revelation 21:4, And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. We can look forward to the time when God will take away all reasons for distress and he even gives us a hope of a resurrection. (Acts 24:15) If youd like to learn more about this beautiful hope, feel free to visit JW.org.

Emily Oct 25 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I knew both Jay and your mother Johnnie. Our family lived
just across from them in Cactus, Tx. many years ago. My brother Jerry was a good
friend of Chris. My brother Mike and I were playmate of Speedy. (Cecil). Lots of
good memories. Sending prayers and thoughts your way

Linda Rollins Riseley Oct 16 2018 12:00 AM

The loss of our dear friend and coworker is very sad. May the Lord be with their family as they have truly lost a gentle man quote.

Roger and Charlene Marshall Oct 7 2018 12:00 AM