Harold Eugene “Gene” Purcell, age 79 of Clinton

Harold Eugene “Gene” Purcell, age 79 of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Gene served in the US Navy from 1958 to 1962 and earned various honors and accomplishments.  He retired from ORNL Y-12 as a Plant Manager.
Preceded in death by his parents, George and Violet (Rhea) Purcell; and brother, Johnny Purcell.
Gene is survived by his son, Troy Purcell; daughter-in-law Lara Purcell; grandsons, Luke and Eli Purcell; brother, Eddie Purcell; sister, Jackie Longmire; and Troy’s mother, Patricia Cappiello, whom he was married to from 1965 to 1973.
There will be a small private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gene’s chosen charities of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and/or the Wounded Warrior’s Foundations. www.holleygamble.com

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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