Judith Sharp Purcell, 78


Judith Ann Sharp Purcell, 78, of Huntsville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully September 13, 2017.

Born in Huntsville, July 20, 1939, she was preceded in death by her parents, Joshua Jonathan (J.J.) and Erie West Sharp; husband, Joseph Robert Purcell; brothers, Jake (Dolores) Sharp, Joe (Alene) Sharp, and James Douglas Sharp; and sisters: Jean (Wesley) Riggins, Liz (Vernon) West, Mae (Charles) Chitwood, and Joyce Loy.

She graduated from Huntsville High School and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Berea College in 1961.  She began her teaching career in Harlan, Ky., then moved to Maryland where she taught elementary school in Anne Arundel County, for 30 years. She retired in 1992, and returned to Huntsville a short time later.  Family and friends were her love and joy. She filled her home with flowers, music, light and laughter.  She loved to read, travel, garden, play bridge and watch late night movies.

She was a board member for LaFollette Housing Authority, a volunteer at the Museum of Scott County, an elder at First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Presbyterian Women.  She won numerous blue ribbons for flower arrangements at the Scott County Fair and touched and inspired many people throughout her life.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Joseph (Beth Sharon) Purcell; grandsons, Zachery Joseph and Ethan Samuel; brother, Roger (Shirley) Sharp; sisters, Helen Smith, and Nancy (Bill) Johnson; sister-in-law, Linda Sharp; and many other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m., until time of funeral service at 6 p.m.,  Friday, September 22, at First Presbyterian Church-Huntsville. Interment will follow at Mossop Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a monetary or historical donation to the Museum of Scott County, 400 Scott High Drive, Huntsville, TN, 37756.

Arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.

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