Funeral services for Mr. Ben C. Purnell will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Roland Scruggs and Bro. Bill Owen officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday after 10 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.

Mr. Purnell, age 84, of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020, at his home.

Born October 27, 1935, in Wilson County, he is the son of the late Roe Carter Purnell and Claire Collinsworth Purnell.

He retired from Metro Transit Authority (MTA) as Director of Transportation. He had worked there for over 30 years. He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard, and was a member of Leeville United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Purnell Phillips, and two brothers, Carter Purnell and Charles Purnell.

He is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Evelyn Prescott Purnell; son and daughter-in-law, Ben Kevin and Crystal Purnell; grandchildren, Lindsey (Casey) Conder and Zachary Purnell; great-granddaughter, Addilyn Grace Conder; bonus grandchildren, Joze and Colton Lindquist; and sister in law, Helen Purnell.

Honorary pallbearers will be MTA Retirees

Active pallbearers will be Zach, Tommy and David Purnell, Casey Conder, Ed Holland, and Colton Lindquist.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Suncrest Home Health and Avalon Hospice for their special care.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 615-444-2142, www.ligonbobo.com.

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