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Charles R. Purnell

Mr. Charles R. Purnell age 88 of Lebanon passed away November 8, 2019.  A native of the Bellwood Community in Wilson County, he was the son of the late Roe Carter Purnell and Clara Collinsworth Purnell.  He was a 1948 graduate of Lebanon High School and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He was a lifelong farmer and beef cattleman.  He was a member of Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He was preceded in death by brother, Carter Purnell; and a sister, Phyllis Phillips.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Helen Waggoner Purnell; two sons:  David (Lori) Purnell, Jerry (Martha) Pack; four grandchildren:  Ben and Lilly Purnell, Derek (Tammy) Pack, Jonathan (Ashley) Pack; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Ben (Evelyn) Purnell; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2 p.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Rob Long officiating.  Interment – Wilson County Memorial Gardens.  Visitation Sunday 12 Noon- 2 p.m.

Honorary pallbearers:  Charles Ben Purnell, Charles Kirkendoll, Phillip Harris, Kevin Purnell, and Hank Pack

Active pallbearers:  Tommy Purnell, King Purnell, Jonathan Pack, Derek Pack, Blake Bass, and Brandon Bass

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.


Messages for the Family

  1. Nancy Bane says:
    So sorry for your loss. Mr. Charles was a great man and neighbor. Wayne Hodges referred to him affectionately as the Mayor of Bellwood. He will be greatly missed.
  2. Evelyn Shipper Davis says:
    Prayers for your family.