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“My condolences may God give you comfort. I wanted to be there for support unfortunately I had a doctors appointment. Love Trina Kelly-Farmer ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Trina Kelly-Farmer - VA

“Evelyn and Noonie and rest of Purce Family. Your have my condolences and if it anything I can do let me know. The wages of sin is death, but the...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Irene Kelly - Fredericksburg, VA

“Patrice and the entire Purce family, Im just learning of your father's passing and I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you all are in my...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: sandee hayes - colonial beach, VA

“Selena and the Purce Family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart....Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Robbin Jett - Beijing

“Allison my prayers are with you and your family during this time. Please call on me if you need anything. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Sheila Graves - Washington, DC

“Thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn, Marrill and the family. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Frank Bennett - Warsaw, VA

“my prayers our with the purce family and marrill will be missed very much he was a dear friend to me and I will miss him very much but I know you are...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Diane peyton - col.beach, VA


Marrill William Purce, Sr. son of the late Fred and Mary Purce, was born on August 19, 1933 in Caroline County, Virginia. He was one of eight children. Preceding him in death were four brothers, John Purce, Farrish Purce, Freddie Purce, Charles Purce and one sister, Julia Purce. He was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Virginia. At an early age, he accepted Christ and through baptismal joined the Little Zion Baptist Church. Marrill received his education in the public school systems of Caroline County and Westmoreland County, Virginia. In September 1952, he was united in holy matrimony to the late Margaret Elaine Smith. To this union one son and four daughters were born. This union was later dissolved by divorce.Later Marrill met and married the late Dorothy Griffith. He was employed at what was then known as the Naval Surface Proving Ground Dahlgren, Virginia as a laborer. He was then drafted into the army and served for two years. Upon returning to civilian life, he was reemployed at his federal government job in Dahlgren, Virginia from which he held various positions. He retired as a heavy equipment operator on September 30, 1988 after serving over 35 years. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather and was happiest when spending time with his family. His favorite past times were fishing, hunting, watching old shows on TV Land and was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He leaves to cherish precious memory five children: Evelyn Wise (Thomas) of Montross, Virginia, Vernessa Carey (Carl) of Fort Washington, Maryland, Marrill Purce Jr. (Brenda) of Colonial Beach, Virginia, Allison Scott (Stephen) of Providence Forge, Virginia, Patrice Hernandez (Isaac) of Springfield, Virginia; one granddaughter, Nadia Hernandez; two grandsons DeRon Purce and Terren Wise; one great grandson Daveon Purce; one sister Selena Johnson (Thomas) of Clinton, Maryland as well of a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and acquaintances far too numerous to name.

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