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Samuel Lee Purnell, age 49

Samuel Lee Purnell, age 49, of North Little Rock passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021. He was born on September 15, 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lee was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.  Lee was a heat and air technician as well as a locksmith by trade.

Lee is survived by his parents, Jimmy Layne Purnell and Athlene Lucille Caple-Purnell of North Little Rock, Arkansas, his sisters; Beth Johnson (Shuan Shelton) of Granbury, Texas, Amie Purnell-Davis (James Reittinger) of Tipp City, Ohio, a nephew, Jacob Johnson, a niece Ainsley Davis, as well as many friends and extended family members.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 1-3 pm in the chapel at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076.  501-982-3400.


Please Click Below Link for Tribute Video of Lee’s Life:


  • Charles and Wanda Caple Posted March 5, 2021 2:21 PM

    May the lord be with all, I know Lee is in a better place.
    Love you all.

  • Beth Posted March 5, 2021 2:27 PM

    Lee, my heart misses you. I am so thankful for having shared this life with you as my brother. We will be together again, but for now watch over us. Love your little sister

  • Beth Posted March 5, 2021 4:25 PM

    Lee my heart misses you. I am so thankful that I got spend this life with you as my brother. You were a force to be reckoned with and you were stronger than anyone I know. We will be together again, but for now watch over us. Your little sis loves you.

  • Tommy & Jessica Goss Posted March 5, 2021 5:51 PM

    Our Thoughts memories an Prayers an Hearts Go Out to His Mother! An family an Friends May God Hold Yall Tightly!

    • Beth Posted March 6, 2021 10:37 AM

      Tommy, hey man. Thank you. Our mom needs support duro this time. Love Beth

  • Max Hollinger Posted March 6, 2021 1:39 PM

    Would like for Athlene to know her cousin, Max Hollinger, sends condolences and prayers.. God grant His peace.for all.

    • Athlene Posted March 6, 2021 2:48 PM

      Thank you Max.

  • Dara Posted March 6, 2021 7:34 PM

    Remembering all the fun times we had growing up. The sun shines less brightly today with you not here.

  • Jason DeRouen Posted March 6, 2021 8:43 PM

    Lee I’m saddened for having to chat with you from here but my thoughts and prayers are definitely with your family. Mrs Athlene if you need anything don’t hesitate to call on me. Also Wade Mount sends his condolences through me, since he is unable to at this time. Beth and Aime stay strong for your Mom, I’ll check in on her from time to time. 🙏

  • Amy Potter Posted March 7, 2021 5:12 AM

    Amie- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your Dayton VAMC Primary Care Family

  • Tom & Rosemary Pevey Posted March 7, 2021 10:24 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Lee is in a better place but it does not make it any easier. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Sonia Potter Posted March 7, 2021 1:36 PM

    Lee you were the closest thing I had to a little brother, you always have had a piece of my heart. I know that you are no longer in pain but will be dearly missed by all who love you. May God give peace and comfort to your family.

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