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James Lester Purgason

August 31, 1949 ~ August 12, 2019 (age 69)


James Lester (Jim) Purgason, 69, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Hospice Home at High Point from complications related to a double lung transplant. 

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3819 Country Club Road in Winston-Salem.  Preceding the service, the family will be receiving condolences at a visitation from 1:00-1:45 in the church sanctuary.

Mr. Purgason was a graduate of Madison-Mayodan High School and earned both his BA  and Masters of Education at Appalachian State University, leading to his thirty year career as a dedicated and beloved educator in the WS-Forsyth County School System. 

He was a long-standing member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he served in numerous leadership roles including Sunday School Superintendent and President of Methodist Men.   An active volunteer, he served in many venues throughout the community including the SECU House, the Piedmont Dialysis Center, and South Fork Elementary School.  With family, friends, and even strangers, he never missed the opportunity to help others. He was an avid fisherman who loved spending time at the coast, and enjoyed playing as well as watching football. 

Mr. Purgason is preceded in death by his wife, Jane Crotts Purgason; and his father, John Bernard Purgason.

He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Lester Purgason of Mayodan; daughters, Becky Purgason Alexiou (Denny) of High Point and Mary Purgason of Winston-Salem; brother, Tommy Purgason (Diane) of Mayodan; grandchildren, Daisha, Caroline, Dawn, and Atlas (who affectionately called him Poppy); mother-in-law, Gladys Hedrick of Lexington, and long time very significant other Randa Cartwright along with her children Gray Cartwright (Nikki), Kim Cartwright (Cesar), and very special grandchildren Robert Gray and Maya, (who affectionately called him Jimbo). 

Memorial contributions may be made to:
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals
123 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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August 17, 2019

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church (Winston - Salem)

Memorial Service
August 17, 2019

2:00 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church (Winston - Salem)

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