Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Ballard Chapel for Sylvester Purcell, 89, who passed away in his home on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Rev. Leo Pennington of Midway Baptist will officiate. Roswell Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services at Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Sylvester was born June 9, 1921, in Prowers, Colo., to Culley and Bessie Everheart Purcell. His parents preceded him in death. Sylvester married Margaret Graham, she preceded him in death in December 1997.
He is also preceded in death by his son, Terry Purcell. Sylvester is survived by sons Douglas Purcell, of Dexter, and Glynn Purcell, of Dallas; brother, Ed Purcell, of Texas; grandchildren, Douglas E. Purcell, Glynn Purcell II, Crystal Tracy, Lori Mahan, Terry Daniel Purcell II, Jeremy Purcell and Christopher Canady; and numerous great-grandchildren. Sylvester served his country during World War II in Army Air Corps. He worked as a controller for Southwest Public Service. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, liked fishing, and loved going to garage sales and auctions.
Pallbearers will be David Purcell, Rob Tracy, Jess Winkler, Jno Polak, Frank Rodriguez and Pat Baca. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome. com.