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Lebanon News
Obituary of John Wesley Purcell

May 27, 1927

Was Member 29th Virginia Regiment

John Purcell, member of the 29th Virginia regiment, died Saturday at his home in the Copper Creek district of Russell county.

Purcell saw hard service and severe fighting during the war between the states, and the few comrades left praise his war record.

The widow and several children survive.

Funeral and burial took place Sunday, Rev. A. H. Towe, a lifelong friend, conducting the service.

June 17, 1927


John W. Purcell was born Aug. 6, 1842, departed this life May 21, 1927, aged 84 years, 7 months and 15 days. He was married to Miss Sylvesta Jessee, October 14, 1868, who preceded him to the grave on July 26th, 1888. To this union were born five children, all of whom are still living, as follows:

Mrs. Mary Davis, Mrs. Della Easterly, Mrs. Mattie Hubble, Homer and Charlie Purcell.

He was married the second time to Miss Joanna L. Long, September 11, 1890, who preceded him to the grave Dec. 27, 1899. To this union were born four children, one of whom departed this life in infancy, surviving children by the second marriage are:

Octava Purcell, Roy, Joe and Clarence Purcell.

He was married the third time to Mrs. Sopha Stowers in the year 1892.

He professed faith in Christ about the year 1860 at an old time camp meeting and later joined the M. E. church, South, and lived a faithful Christian life until the end. He served thru the Civil war, was a good citizen, a faithful husband and father.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. H. Towe, a life long friend, and interment was made in the Purcell cemetery.


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