William "Billy" Purnell

Born: Sat., Jul. 12, 1952
Died: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 21, 2019
Location: Harrelson Funeral Service

Graveside Service

Tue., Jan. 22, 2019
Location: Turner Family Cemetery

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William "Billy" Rudson Purnell, Jr. lost his courageous battle with cancer on Friday, January 18, 2019 in his home at 2122 Hwy 158 West in Yanceyville, NC. Billy was born on July 12, 1952 to William R. Purnell, Sr. and Novella R. Purnell. He was of the Baptist faith.

Billy was a lifetime automotive and equipment mechanic and retired from Caswell County Schools as transportation director.  Following retirement, he enjoyed working part time at Caswell Pines Golf Club, where he also enjoyed playing.  

Billy's greatest passion was stock car racing.  He could build a car from the ground up.  When he wasn't racing, he was the crew chief, mechanic, spotter, or spectator.  

Billy is survived by his wife Cheryl Turner Purnell of the residence; two sons Cory Purnell of Yanceyville and Austin Purnell of the residence; two daughters Brandy English of Providence and Amy Purnell of the residence; two sisters Cindy Hamlett of Providence and Sybil Williams (Kenney) of Dry Fork; grandchildren Mason, Macy, and Gage of Providence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Harrelson Funeral Home Monday, January 21, 2019 from 6:30-8pm.  A grave side service will be held Tuesday, January, 22 at 2pm at the Turner family cemetery, 2054 Hwy 158 West, Yanceyville.  Donations may be made to the Caswell Cancer Resource Fund at Caswell Family Medical Center in Yanceyville or Hospice and Pallative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell.

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Lelia and Sammy
   Posted Sat January 19, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. We hope and pray that your memories of Billy will make this sad time easier to deal with.
We will always remember the good times we shared with Billy as teenagers and young adults.
With Sympathy and love
Lelia and Sammy

Mike & Cindy Purnell
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. I remember years ago, when we played together as young boys, at his home in Providence. My family often visited with theirs. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Winnie King
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019


Our condolences on your loss. Your family is in our prayers OI Winston Salem Team

Robert Hill & Lila Webster
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
RIP Billy! Drove School Bus when you were director, deer hunted with you, followed you & boys as a RACE FAN at SOBO & ORANGE CO. We will miss you.

Loretta Womack
   Posted Mon January 28, 2019
To the Purnell Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I send my condolences to you and yours.
May the God of all comfort be with you and your Family in this time of need.
The Bible makes it clear that God did not originally intent for humans to die.
Jesus Christ himself said: "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out."
Revelation 21:4 says: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
May Jehovah God and Jesus Christ be with you and your Family in this time of need, may you all have peace.

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