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Russell Kelly Purnell

January 18, 1960 December 26, 2017
Russell Kelly Purnell
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Obituary for Russell Kelly Purnell

Russell Kelly Purnell, 57, of 7390 NC Hwy 700, Ruffin, N.C., passed from this life on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at his residence in Penhook, Va. He was born January 18, 1960, in Danville, Va. to the late Peggy Neaves Rust and the late Swanson Purnell. He loved fishing and auto-racing, and worked in auto body repair. Mr. Purnell is survived by his wife, Penny McBride.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Purnell is survived by his daughter, Amanda Newsome and husband, Randy of Winston-Salem, N.C.; his sons, Russell Purnell, II of Ruffin, and William “Billy” Hyler, III and fiancée, Carrie Boyd of McLeansville, N.C.; his brothers, Michael Purnell and wife, Cindy, and Dennis Purnell; his grandchildren, Henley, Abby, Noah, and Mary Elisabeth; mother-in-law, Jean Alderson of Danville; brother-in-law, DJ Alderson and wife, Wendy of Danville; sister-in-law, Connie Allman and husband, Dale of Penhook; and many nieces and nephews; as well as beloved cat, Lucy.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Faith Memorial Baptist Church, 7450 Martinsville Hwy, Danville, Va., with Rev. Austin Merricks officiating.

There will be a meal for the family and a receiving of friends following the service; anyone who wants to provide food for the family and visit with the family can bring the food to the fellowship hall before the service begins.

The family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the Annie Penn Cancer Center, 618 S. Main St., Reidsville, NC 27320.

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12:00 PM 12/30/2017 12:00:00 PM
Faith Memorial Baptist Church

7450 Martinsville Hwy
Danville, VA 24541

Faith Memorial Baptist Church
7450 Martinsville Hwy Danville 24541 VA
United States

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Annie Penn Cancer Center

618 S. Main Street
Reidsville, NC 27320

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