Mrs. Doris Ellen Wilkerson Purcell, age 74 of Trion, Georgia, passed away March 18, 2020 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Mrs. Purcell was born in Trion, Georgia on October 26, 1945, daughter of the late R.W. “Shorty” and Mildred Lane Wilkerson. She was a member of the Horizon Baptist Fellowship in Summerville, Georgia. Mrs. Purcell is retired from the State of Georgia Department of Corrections, working previously in customer service at Riegel Textile Corporation and the Department of Family and Children’s Services in Ringgold. She was a devout Christian, spending many years working with young people and teaching Sunday school. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Purcell was preceded in death by a sister, Judith Ann Childers.

Mrs Purcell is survived by her husband of 61 years, Paul Lamar Purcell; sons, Paul “LaDon” (Patti) Purcell of Smyrna; Robert Allan “Bobby” Purcell of Trion; grandchildren, Emily Sara Purcell and William Lane Purcell of Smyrna; sister, Mary (Jerry) Fuller of Rome; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside service and interment will be held March 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the West Hill Cemetery in Trion with the Rev. Kevin Norton and Rev. John Paul Harris officiating. Pallbearers will be William Purcell, Sean Casey, Brian Baggett, Chris Purcell, Ryan Hamilton, and Matthew Swords.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation or formal funeral service. The family encourages everyone to consider their safety and the safety of others and practice social distancing if choosing to attend the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Earle Rainwater Funeral Home is responsible for the arrangements for Mrs. Doris Ellen Wilkerson Purcel