W. Earle Purkerson, Jr., 78, resident of 109 Sherwood Lane, husband of Jo Ann Miley Purkerson, died January 24, 2013 at Hospice House.
Born in Greenwood, October 24, 1934, he was a son of the late W. Earle, Sr. and Julia Talbert Purkerson. He was a 1952 graduate of Greenwood High School and attended Furman University. He was a 1956 graduate of Erskine College and attended the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and he served in the US Army Reserves.
Earle was employed as Sports Editor for the Index Journal for several years and continued through the years as a contributing writer to the paper. He retired from the US Postal service in 1990 after 31 years of service. He has been an announcer for Lander University sports and served on the Lander University Bearcats Board of Directors. Earle has been active with the Greenwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame since inception and served on the nominating committee. He is the author of two books, “ The Boys of Phoenix Street” and “Mama’s New Kitchen”.
A devoted member of Tranquil United Methodist Church, Earle had taught Sunday school for over 50 years. He is a member of the church choir and was a Lay Speaker for many years, currently serving as Lay Speaker Emeritus.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are his four children, JoBeth P. (Gary) Manley of Powdersville, Julie P. (John) Lamb of Greenwood, Bill (Carmen) Purkerson of Clemson and Edward (Chris) Purkerson of Simpsonville; grandchildren, Christopher (Ashley) Manley, Brooks Manley, Hampton Purkerson, Will Purkerson, Jack Purkerson, Caroline Purkerson and one great-granddaughter, Lydia Manley; two brothers, Bob (Gail) Purkerson of Greenville and Graham (Barbara) Purkerson of Atlanta, GA.
Funeral services will conducted at 3:00 PM Sunday at Tranquil United Methodist Church with Rev. Luke Mims officiating.
Burial will be in Oakbrook Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Gerry Owens, Billy Wilson, Franchot Parnell, Gene Ouzts, Bill Turner, John Bolton and Jerry Whitt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Emmett Brooks, Louden “Rooster” Brooks and Phillip “Rock” Davis.
The body is at Blyth Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 2PM Sunday.
The family is at the home in Kimbrook and will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 Saturday evening.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Purkerson-Miley Scholarship Fund, c/o The Lander Foundation, 320 Stanley Ave., Greenwood, SC 29649 or to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com