George Franklin Purcell , 78

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(4/26/2012)
George  Franklin Purcell , 78A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 10:30 AM in St. George Catholic Church, Valley Lee, MD, with Msgr. Karl Chimiak officiating.  Interment will be follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Monday, April 30, 2012 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD.  George Franklin “Cookie” Purcell, 78 of Drayden, MD died on April 26, 2012 at his residence.  Born July 13, 1933 in Drayden, MD; George was the son of the late George T. and Lillian Marie Dyer Purcell.  He was the loving husband of Margaret T. Purcell whom he married in West Monroe, Louisiana on August 4, 1956.  George is survived by his daughters;  Patricia Wince (Donnie) of Valley Lee, MD., Gail Wood (Ron) of Hollywood, MD., grandchildren:  Dale Wince of Compton, MD, Jay Wince, and Meaghan Wince of Valley Lee, MD., and step grandchild Natalie Wood of Mechanicsville, MD.  Cookie is also survived by his siblings:  Shirley Long (Dave), Paul Purcell (Cathy), and Paul Purcell (Cathy) of Drayden, MD.   Mr. Purcell is preceded in death by a sister Hope Carey and brothers Philip and Eugene Purcell from Drayden, MD.  George graduated from St. Michael school in 1952, and was a life lone resident of St. Mary’s County, MD.  Mr. Purcell joined the United States Air Force reserves in April 29, 1952 and his duty Stations included:  Basic training in Sampson, NY, Japan and Korea in 1954, and Barkdale Base in Bossier City, Louisiana until his discharge in 1956. George was a member of the Leonardtown Vol. Fire Department from 1959 to 1967.  George’s greatest love was to spend time with his wife, family, grandchildren and friends.  He enjoyed fishing for largemouth bass in Louisiana.  In his retirement years he enjoyed fishing, crabbing, oystering locally.  George also enjoyed gardening, building model replica work boats such as Oyster Bay boats, and skiffs, he took great pride in giving each boat he made to special people in his life. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 30, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD with prayers recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM in St. George’s Catholic Church, Valley Lee, MD with Msgr. Karl Chimiak officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be:  Joe Purcell, Jr., Brian Ford, Johnny Wallace, Tommy Deagle, Luther Edwards, and Bill Lee.  Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Johnny Gough, Bill Trossbach, David Adams, T.J. Boothe, and Johnny Adams.  Contributions may be made to:  St. George Catholic Church, P.O. Box 9 Valley Lee, MD  20692, Hospice House of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD  20650, and Second Dist. Vol. Fire and Rescue Squad P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD  20692.





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