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Thurl Pursell

Posted By obits On March 21, 2015 @ 12:11 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 27 Comments

Thurl Albert “Butch” Pursell of 109 Chesterfield Drive, Elizabeth City, NC passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Winslow Memorial Home. He was born in Shenandoah, IA, on June 9, 1936 to the late Duane Thurl Pursell and Edna Tally Pursell. He served twenty-two years in the U.S. Coast Guard and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1976. He was a member of the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060 and a lifetime member of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Maxie Pursell of the home; two daughters, Kathleen Louise Pursell of Kill Devil Hills, NC and Ilene Pursell Ulm (Bill Trossen) of Point Harbor, NC; a step-daughter, Charlene Woodcock (John) McPherson of Elizabeth city, NC; a step-son, Max Keith (Betty) Woodcock of New Bern, NC; a brother, Doyle Dean (LaVonne) Pursell of Bosie, ID; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was pre-deceased by a granddaughter, Keile Ulm. A special thanks to all the staff at Winslow Memorial Home, especially the 700 hall for all the love and tender care given him during his illness.

A graveside service will be Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at West Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Bryan Pease officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 113 Foxboro Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or Albemarle Hospice, PO Box 189, Elizabeth City, NC 27907-0189. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Pursell family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting https://www.twifordfh.com.

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Condolence from Anna Ford Boyce on March 21st, 2015 5:44 pm

Maxie, katy & Ilrene So sorry to learn of Butch’s passing, I have known him for a long time

I pray Heavenly Father’s blessings to be with you all. Butch was a good man. Anna Ford Boyce

Condolence from Carol Woodcock Valls on March 21st, 2015 9:34 pm

Aunt Maxie,
So sorry to hear about Butch. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know that God’s love will give you strength during your time of sorrow. We love you!!

Condolence from Helen Harris on March 21st, 2015 10:00 pm

Miss Maxie, Max and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Helen and Steve Harris

Condolence from Walter Barnett on March 22nd, 2015 7:56 am

Sorry to here of your loss. You are in our prayers.

Condolence from Betty Ballance Spruill on March 22nd, 2015 9:08 am

Maxie, Charline, and family, I am sorry you have an empty chair in your family. Butch is no longer ill or in pain ~~~now totally healed. He will be waiting at the Gates of Pearl for our end of this road. I pray for strength to continue without him. Love you all.

Betty Ballance Spruill

Condolence from Cindi (Jennings) Marshall on March 22nd, 2015 9:14 am

Miss Maxie, Ilene & Kathy,

Mom and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. We didn’t know he was sick. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if there is anything we can do.

Helen J. Midgett, Cindi, Bonni, and family

Condolence from Albert and Melinda DelGarbino on March 22nd, 2015 10:35 am

Dear Ilene and family,

We are so very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.

With our sincere sympathy,

Al and Min DelGarbino

Condolence from Jennifer Jackson/ Biggs Cadillac on March 22nd, 2015 1:13 pm

Mrs. Pursell,
So sorry about your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.

Jennifer Jackson

Condolence from Dorcas Cox Waller on March 22nd, 2015 4:40 pm

Thinking of you and your family.
Dorcas Cox Waller

Condolence from Wendy Waller on March 22nd, 2015 4:42 pm

Dear Charlene,
I am thinking of you and lifting you up in prayer.
Wendy Waller

Condolence from Linda Powers Ivey on March 22nd, 2015 5:09 pm

Maxie, Kathy and Ilene. Was so sadden to hear of the loss. He was good man, Husband and Father. He will be missed. I send prayers of strength and comfort to you during this time.

Condolence from Diane & Gray Newbern on March 22nd, 2015 5:13 pm

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to all of the family.

Condolence from Anne Burgess Jennings on March 22nd, 2015 7:43 pm

Mrs. Maxie, we are so sorry for your loss. We know these last days have been so difficult. We pray that our Loving Lord will comfort you with His sweet Spirit. – Elizabeth and Vernon Burgess and Anne

Condolence from Rosie and Lee Wallio on March 22nd, 2015 10:35 pm

Dear Maxie and family, We are so sorry to hear of Butch’s illness and death. Our deepest sympathy to you and pray that your many years together, your good memories and the love and care of friends and family help you as your grieve .

Condolence from Tom Scoggins on March 22nd, 2015 11:57 pm

Rest in peace Butch. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Doug LashleyRIP Mr. Purcell. on March 23rd, 2015 12:17 am

Fair winds and following seas Chief. 1973 was a long time ago when we first met. You were one of my favorites.

Condolence from Jill Reid on March 23rd, 2015 10:08 am

Butch will be deeply missed. I enjoyed so much listening to his Coast Guard stories and how he met his lovely wife that he adored. I will never forget him telling me that marrying you was the best thing he ever did! We love & we are here for you.
Love in Christ,
Jill & Wade

Condolence from Paula Beale on March 23rd, 2015 11:21 am

Miss Maxie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Paula, Jean and Meg

Condolence from Denise and Mace Quidley on March 23rd, 2015 12:55 pm

We are sorry to hear about Butch. We used to see you two together many times out eating at Track 1 and Mamasitas. He is at peace now.

Condolence from Nannette C. Turner-Williams – ESC on March 23rd, 2015 5:27 pm

Dear Maxie

I am sorry to hear of the illness and death of your husband, Butch. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Don & Ruth Blythe on March 23rd, 2015 5:39 pm

Maxi and family, May God care for you and yours in this time of sorrow!

Condolence from JerryStevenson on March 23rd, 2015 7:32 pm

MsMaxie, So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed what time I got to spend with you both .. I will never forget the shared stories and how much love you two shared.. I went to visit yesterday , not knowing what had happened… know that you are in my prayers as well as the rest of the family.. maybe I will get to see you soon..There is no doubt in my mind that you two will be together again…May the peace of God that passes all understanding comfort you in this time.. It was an honor to spend what little time I did with your husband … your friend, Jerry

Condolence from James & Lorraine Woltz on March 23rd, 2015 8:36 pm

RIP Butch. Sorry to have heard of your health problems. Our prayers are with you and your family during these trying days. Maxi. stay strong.

Condolence from W. D. Richards on March 24th, 2015 4:04 pm

I’m sorry I was unable to make the services for Butch due to medical reasons, but wanted to express my sorrow.
W. D. and Marge Richards

Condolence from Teresa Underwood on March 25th, 2015 10:36 pm

Ms. Maxie, Ilene, Kathy, Max, and family

I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Purcell’s passing. Our love and prayers go out to you all.

The Underwoods

Condolence from Steve & Mary Finigian on June 20th, 2015 3:47 pm

Maxie, so sorry to read about Butch’s passing. Our prayers for you and yours.

Condolence from Darell Gelakoska on June 25th, 2015 3:26 pm

Sorry for your loss of such a great man, Butch was always such a great member of the CPOA and an excellent role model.

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