Sam Purnell, 56, of Jackson died Oct. 6, 2008 at a local health care facility.
He was a native of New Orleans, La. He was a former U.S. Postal Service employee in New Orleans, and was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Port Allen, La.
Survivors include his wife, Hidi Bailey Purnell, Fairburn, Ga.; a son, Shadrick Joseph Purnell, Fairburn; three daughters, Noel Wallace, Sacramento, Calif., Samantha Jean Purnell, Shena Marie Purnell, both of New Orleans, La.; three sisters, Mary Gail Purnell, Jackson, Eva Purnell Mitchell, New Orleans, La., Flora Nell McKenzie, Jackson.
The service was Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. at Andrews Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.