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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
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Maurice Purnell

Maurice Kevin "Moe" Purnell

Tuesday, December 22nd, 1970 - Monday, May 11th, 2020
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Maurice Kevin Purnell, son of Janice Mae Collins Purnell and the late Percy Henry Purnell, was born on December 22, 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He departed this life on May 11, 2020 at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia.

Maurice was educated in the Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. “Moe,” as he was affectionately called, was a dedicated Philadelphia Eagles fan. He served our country in the Army National Guard for a short period of time.

Maurice married his sweetheart, Mary on June 26, 2010. At the time of his sickness, Maurice had been working at Tyson Foods in Transportation for twenty-five years.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step mother, Sylvia Purnell; grandson, Chase Purnell; and mother-in-law, Peggy Bell.

Maurice leaves to mourn his loss: his wife, Mary Purnell; mother, Janice Purnell of Horntown, VA; father-in-law, John Bell of New Church, VA; two daughters, Tyneisha Purnell and Michelle Bell of New Church, VA; three sons, Maurice Purnell, Jr. of Norfolk, VA, Maurkice Purnell of Winchester, VA, and Akeem Bell of FL; four grandchildren, whom he loved with every fiber of his heart, Jamai, Cyan, Daniel, and Malani; three sisters, Dawn Holden of Makemie Park, VA, Angel (Derrick) Fooks of Pocomoke, MD, and Nakechia Brockington of Philadelphia, PA; five brothers, Marvin (Vanessa) Purnell of New Church, VA, Michael (Dana) Marshall of New Castle, DE, Leroy (Lonzie) Townsend of New Church, VA, Patrick Holden of Nelsonia, VA, and Dalton (Courtney) Milbourne of Pittsburgh, PA; two brothers-in-law, Jonathan Bell of Baltimore, MD and Andre Bell of Salisbury, MD; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 3:00pm
    Groton Community Cemetery
    Hickman Ln.
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    In the light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We have received notification from the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers that funeral homes are included in the Governors Executive Order Fifty-Three (2020), which imposes the following restriction: Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited. In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order Fifty-Three, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Richard Holland
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    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 3:00pm
    Groton Community Cemetery
    Hickman Ln.
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The. Clark family was fortunate to know and grow up with Moe at Penn Wynne/BC/LM. The best athlete and the nicest guy. Thoughts and prayers.
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Aunt Mary and Maurice 2/20/1982

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Aunt Janice and Maurice at Uncle James house

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