Kenneth Purcell

Kenneth Marvin Purcell of Purcell Funeral Home and Cremation Services LLC., passed away suddenly Saturday, May 9, 2020.

It is with profound sadness that the Purcell Family and Purcell Funeral Home staff announce the loss of its beloved owner and leader, Kenneth Purcell. Like the dew of the morning rest upon the earth, Mr. Purcell, who was fondly called Kenny, took his flight to glory. In a manner so accustomed to him, doing everything himself, he didn’t bother anyone, just moved to another home not made by hands. 

From birth, Kenneth Purcell was destined for greatness. 

He was raised in Cameron Village accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Mt. Grove Church in Raeford. As a young boy, he had entrepreneurship on his mind and moved readily to explore the world of business. At a young age, he erected a small bicycle shop in his parents’ backyard. This became a lucrative business for such a young man, initiating a fire in his bones leading him to additional business adventures, including recycling, landscaping, insurance, and ultimately all aspects of funeral and cremation services.

He graduated from Hoke County High School class of 1983. He furthered his education graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services in 1986 ranking as the youngest member of his class. Mr. Purcell became a licensed mortician and funeral director, and a certified licensed insurance agent for 25 years.

Intrigued by the aspect of proprietorship, Mr. Purcell established his first funeral home in Southern Pines, in May 1995. It was 31 days before he received his first client. He proved to be a caring, dedicated and efficient as well as an extremely knowledgeable funeral director. His second funeral home was established in Raeford, and in 2006, he extended his services to Scotland County, opening his third funeral home. His businesses flourished way beyond his expectations.

His family will remember and reflect on him as the best dad and grandfather ever. They affectionally called him Poppy. Distinctly known as the family clown, he will be revered as a counselor, adviser and mentor to anyone in need. Reigning as a great chef, he excelled as a grill master, producing some of the tastiest ribs to consume. He also was an ice cream connoisseur. 

Mr. Purcell will be greatly missed in the local community and surrounding counties. He had a love and passion for the people, families and communities that he served. He always saw the potential of growth in people and various towns consequently gave to assure their progress. You will never find an individual of this magnitude. He was an extremely energetic leader who would sow seed in the lives of many.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Barbara J. Purcell, of the home; his children, Kendrick Purcell, of Southern Pines, Diontai Kelly and Sherry (James) Walker, both of Charlotte; his parents, Walter R. Purcell and Glennie Mae Purcell, both of Raeford; 12 grandchildren, Chamya Williams, Adean Purcell, Amere Purcell, King Purcell, Na’Kyra Purcell, Kayden Purcell, Tyler M. Walker, Kiara N. Walker, Arden M. Kelly, Ian M. Stephen, Jouryne Nyugen and Soverign Fortune; one sister, Marilyn Purcell, of Fayetteville; three brothers, Dennis (Sarah) Purcell, James-Bodie (Jackie) Purcell, Tony Purcell, all of Raeford; two sisters-in-law, Cynthia Tyson and Mary Spell; one brother-in-law, Johnny (Roxie) McKeithen, of Vass; and the family pet Gabby; and a host of other relatives, friends and staff.