Charlie Wayne Purcell, 75, of Leachville, passed from this life, Sunday Feb. 5, 2012, at his home. Born in the Happy Corner Community near Leachville, he was the son of the late Francis E. and Willie Maude Barnes Purcell and had been a lifelong Leachville area resident. He was a 1956 graduate of Leachville High School and served six years in the National Guard. Charlie was a retired service technician for the former Littrell-Ozier Ford Company in Blytheville and was a longtime member, and active board member of the Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Bonnie White Purcell of the home; one daughter and son-in-law; Lisa and Ron Moad of Leachville three grandchildren; Joshua Nettles of North Carolina Veronica "R.J." Moad of Leachville Robert Selah and his wife, Sequoia of Hawaii; one brother, James Purcell and his wife Ovetta of Sorrento, Fla.; three sisters, Mavis Lowe of Flint, Mich., Rosa Shirley of Topeka, Kan., Myrtle Ritchey of Georgia.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell with Rev. Mark McMinn and Rev. Jim Dement officiating. Burial will follow in Cardwell Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville.
Guest register is howardfuneralservice.com.