Cecil Thomas Purnell

Birth
Alcorn, Claiborne County, Mississippi, USA
Death 26 Aug 2011 (aged 91)
Missouri, USA
Burial Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Plot 321 119 06
Memorial ID 75922874 · View Source
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Cecil Purnell, 91, formerly of Burlington, died in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.

Born on May 21, 1920 in Alcorn, Mississippi, she was the daughter of John C. and Mary Ardenia Patten Thomas. She married Nathan Jefferson in 1944 in Mississippi. He preceded her in death.

Cecil was a homemaker and also worked at Hotel Burlington. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by six sons, Lovie Thomas, LeRoy Jefferson & Aloshis Jefferson, all of Burlington, Iowa, Bobbie Jefferson of Kansas City, Missouri, Travoris Jefferson of Monmouth, Illinois, Gentric Hicks of Ft. Madison, Iowa; four daughters, Sara Jefferson of Burlington, Iowa, Loisteen Farley of Kansas City, Missouri, Marquitta Jefferson of Kansas City, Missouri and Tamika Jefferson of Jonesboro, Arkansas; two brothers, Chester Thomas of Freeport, Illinois and James Thomas of Country Club Hills, Illinois; three sisters, Sarah Crump of Tampa, Florida, Kathleen Weatherspoon of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Martha Owens of Chicago, Illinois; over 200 grandchildren and over 200 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one daughter, Joyce Jefferson, four sons, Jimmy Thomas, Willy James Jefferson, Earnest Jefferson and Nathan Jefferson, five brothers, John, Jesse, J.C., William & Richard Thomas; and two sisters, Lucille Hurth Atwell & Lula B. Brooks

Funeral services for Cecil Purnell will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Prugh's Chapel, Burlington, Iowa. Rev. James Thomas and Rev. John Hurts will officiate.

Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. in Prugh's Chapel.

A memorial has been established.


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  • Created by: No Reins
  • Added: 3 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 75922874
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cecil Thomas Purnell (21 May 1920–26 Aug 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 75922874, citing Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by No Reins (contributor 46595053) .