Virginia Omohundro Purcell, age 88, died Sunday, November 1, 2009. She was born in
Chester, Pennsylvania, and raised in Fork Union, Virginia, and lived most of her life in
Louisa County. She was born on January 21, 1921 to her beloved father, Ray Compton
Omohundro, and her beloved mother, Maude Wood Omohundro. She graduated from
Fluvanna County High School in 1938, and then graduated from Westhampton College
in Louisa in 1942.
She was married to Harold H. Purcell, her beloved husband of 65 years, in Fork Union Baptist Church on July 3, 1942. She celebrated 65 years of marriage on July 3, 2007, and has now been reunited with her husband and lifetime partner who she loved so much and shared everything.
After marriage, she became a member of the Louisa Christian Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, a Deaconess and a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship for over 60 years. She taught school while her husband was in World War II. She was active in community service, including President of the K. S. Club and Daughters of the American Revolution. Her husband, family and faith were her lifelong avocation.
She is survived by her 2 sons, Harold W. Hal Purcell and his wife, Anita, of
Midlothian, Virginia, and Charles F. Purcell, and his wife, Janet, of Louisa Virginia. She
is further survived by 4 grandchildren: Brian Christopher Purcell and his wife, Stacy;
Lee Walton Purcell; Eric Flint Purcell and his wife, Jennifer; and Virginia Victoria
Purcell; and 4 great grandchildren: Connor Ross Purcell, Taylor Claire Purcell, Hayden
Jay Purcell and Luke Flint Purcell. She is also survived by 8 nephews and nieces: Betsy
Purcell Simpson, John Jerl Purcell, Richard Grafton Purcell, Patsy Purcell Alexander
Hatchett, Charles Alexander, IV, Courtney Omohundro, Sue Omohundro and Sally
Omohundro. Finally, she is survived by her devoted family friend and caring and loving
companion, Merle Butler. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, R. C. Omohundro, Jr. and
John Wood Omohundro, and her beloved husband, Harold H. Purcell.
Visitation will be held at the Louisa Christian Church on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and funeral services will be held at the Louisa Christian Church on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., led by the Rev. Dr. H. Denmark Burnette. Interment will be at Hill Crest Cemetery in Louisa with a reception to follow at the Louisa Christian Church. Arrangements by Woodward Funeral Home of Louisa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may he made to the Louisa Christian Church, P.O. Box 1344, Louisa, Virginia 23093.