Clark D. Purcell

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Clark D. Purcell, age 78, of Meridian, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, in Waco, Texas. Graveside services were held Friday, April 4, in the Clifton Memorial Park Cemetery, with Rev. Richard Creech officiating. His pallbearers were Jim Carpenter, Walter Malott, Todd Hyatt, Justin Allen, Joe Staley, Justin Gann, Corey Powell, and Roger Garza. Clark was born Oct. 31, 1935, in Spur. As a small child, he and his parents moved to Dublin, where he was raised and educated with his brother Joe and sister Anita. At the age 12, he became a child of God. After some college at Tarleton State and University of Texas, Clark enlisted in the U. S. Navy and while stationed in Norfork, VA, he met the love of his life, Sandy Cartwright. He proposed on their third date and were married a short six weeks later on Dec. 30, 1960. After his tour of duty, he and Sandy moved to Dallas. They struggled some as most young couples do, even living out of their car for a few days. Eventually Clark’s talents paid off and he became a talented Architectural draftsman and designed many homes in Dallas as well as designing and helping build the homes where he and his brother raised their families next door to each other. In 1979, Clark and Sandy moved to Meridian. He and his late brother, Joe, joined with their father, Eugene, forming Purcell and Sons Contracting. They built bridges and later water treatment plants. After the death of Eugene, the brothers began Purcell Contracting, continuing the family business. They were finally blessed with the first of three sons in 1967, Chad Reeves. Brad Lawrence was born in 1969 and Thad Morgan in 1971. Sandy had cried because she couldn’t have kids and then she cried because she couldn’t stop. Sandy and Clark moved to Meridian in 1976 where they raised all three boys, each graduating from MHS. Clark served on the school board for Meridian ISD for many terms. He and Sandy never missed a school activity or a sporting event their boys were involved in. Clark was a super involved father and some of their best memories were hunting and fishing at the Old Sundown Ranch and camping, swimming, skiing and trot lining with his brother’s family, the Carpenters and the Flandermeyer’s at Lake Whitney. There was also a lot of hard work in between and all the boys were a part of it. The “Weekend Warriors” were Chad, Brad, Jimmy Carpenter, David Carpenter and Corey Powell. In his spare time, Clark was a watercolor artist, did sculpting and woodcarving. He was a member of the Waco Water Color Society and the Bosque Art Conservatory heading up construction of the new additions there. Clark was a member of the Meridian First Baptist Church. His grandchildren have participated in many of the conservatory activities, carrying on his artistic talents. Granddad, as the kids called him, gave many an art lesson. A particular proud moment as a grandparent was buying his first grandchild, Morgan, a new car upon graduation from high school for meeting his challenge of graduating Salutatorian. Granddad delighted in the newest additions of the twins. It was always a highlight to his day if he could make them smile. After his retirement, in 2002, he had six-way bypass surgery with complications and we were very fortunate to have 12 more wonderful years with him, said a family member. These years were spent with most afternoons on the patio with family and friends and in  articular, arguing with Nell, his sister-in law. He always said after looking around, “What a great life we have.” Clark is survived by his wife, Sandy Purcell of Meridian; sons, Chad Purcell and wife, Gayla, of Meridian, Thad Purcell and wife, Misty, of Waco; grandchildren, Morgan Purcell, Sydney Purcell, Kyler Grey, Kelan Grey, Kloe Purcell, Karsten Purcell, Korah Purcell, and Kaleb Purcell; sister, Anita Vinson and husband, Darrell, of Granbury; sister-in-law, Nell Purcell of Meridian; nieces and nephews, Scott Vinson, Tracee Vinson, Wayne Vinson, Mark Vinson, Kris Shipman, Kelli Purcell, Kasey Shipman, and Chelsea Shipman. Mr. Purcell was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Irene Purcell; son, Brad Purcell; and his brother, Joe Purcell. Words of sympathy and remembrances may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas.
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