Edward Earl Purdie Sr. was born July 12, 1934 in New Bern, North Carolina to the late James and Marjorie Jordan Purdie. He departed to be with his Heavenly Father on 13 February 2014 at Genesis HealthCare in Mount Olive, NC.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 PM at the First Congregational Church with Rev. Nebraska Graham officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
He received his education in Craven County, and was an excellent football player. He enlisted in the United States Air Force as a mechanic and during his military career he served in diverse locations such as Cherry Point, NC, Wiesbaden, Germany, Abilene, TX, Champagne, IL, Edwards AFB, California Alaska and Hawaii.
He furthered his education after military service and received a welding license. He worked at different shipyards around the country including the Brooklyn Shipyard, and helped build the Washington, DC subway system.
He was married to the late Luella McGirth, Helen Pinckeney, and Delores Worrells.
He is survived by his children: William McGirth (Ruth) of New Bern, NC; Patrick McGirth of Brooklyn, NY; Edward Earl Purdie Jr., of Richmond, VA; Corey Purdie (Tiffany), Deborah Purdie Howard, and Felicia Purdie Bryant (Michael) of New Bern, NC; Mildred Purdie of Roselle, NJ; and Delease Purdie of Jersey City, NJ; and Two brothers: Willie Jones, Jr.(Laurine) of Columbia, SC, and William Whitehurst of Willingsboro, NJ; Two sisters: Thelma L. Purdie of Goldsboro, NC; and Thelma Tankson of Kinston, NC: 22 Grand Children; 28 Great Grandchildren; and a host of Nieces (one of which oversaw his medical care-Shelia Lee), Nephews, and Cousins.
The family will receive friends at 121 New Hope Village Drive, Goldsboro, where they will assemble in preparation for the funeral procession.