Ms. Shirley Ann Branch, 75, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, departed this life on May 15, 2018. She was born to the late Elijah and Emily Branch on May 17, 1942 in Virginia.
She married George W. Purnell. The union was blessed with eight children: Linda Warren, Willie Purnell, Joann Purnell, Kathleen Purnell, Marvin Purnell (Stacy), Caroline Gills (Dennis), Barbara Purnell (James Lashley), and David Purnell (Rosa), all of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Throughout her life she enjoyed her crossword puzzles, yard sales, watching wrestling, rolling coins, and providing for her family.
In addition to her parents, Elijah and Emily Branch, she was preceded in death by her brother, Waverly Branch and two sisters, Linda Lofand and Annie Royster.
Along with her children, left to cherish her memories are her sisters: Ella Purnell of Weldon, NC, Brenda Horne of Georgia, Gloria Walker, and Cecilia Townsend, all of Virginia; her brothers: Maryland Branch (Pat) and Curtis Branch of Virginia; her grandchildren: Thereasa Bullock, Lisa Bradley, Latasha Johnson, Latoya Webb, Desireé Thomas, Tiera Purnell, Candace Newell (Antonio), Jacqueline Blount, Michael Blount (Tamara), Sanchez Gills, Travis Purnell, Nathaniel Moore, Denisha Gills, Shinik Purnell, Marvin Purnell, Jr., Miles Purnell, Amber Phillips, Braylen Phillips, Demonye Purnell, Dashanay Purnell, and Devonte Purnell; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A Visitation for Ms. Branch will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, with the Funeral Service following the Visitation, beginning at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in Manley Family Cemetery, in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 520 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
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The bible tells us we can gain comfort from God, even during times of sorrow. We can pray to our heavenly father for help to cope with the sorrow felt from the death of a loved one.
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm.”—2 Thess. 2:16, 17.
The bible also promises that God “will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Revelation 21:4) How comforting and reassuring that is!
May you find comfort by relying on our heavenly father and learning more about the blessings of God's kingdom.
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Submitted by Keshia Battle on Jun 1 2018 09:26:41 PM
To The Family:
Losing someone in death is never easy. May God's Word comfort family and friends during this difficult time. At 2 Cor 1:3,4 states " 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God."
Submitted by Ms. Williams on May 28 2018 04:24:06 PM
Sorry for your loss may you find comfort at Revelation 21:4 until then may the God of all comfort comfort you at this time
Submitted by Cynthia on May 26 2018 10:49:09 AM
To The Branch Family,
You have my deepest condolences. May happy memories of your love one, and the words of Jesus Christ at,John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4 provide you with much comfort,and help soothe the pain in your hearts at this time of such great loss, Psalm 46:1 and Isaiah 41:10,13. For more comforting scriptures on the resurrection, please visit our website at www.Jw.org.
Submitted by M Jones on May 23 2018 09:54:42 AM
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Sorry for your loss. May theGod of all comfort be with this family. (2 Corinthians 1:3.4)
Submitted by Claudia Williams on May 21 2018 08:51:42 AM
So sorry for your loss prayers going up for you and your family
Submitted by Richard Higgs on May 20 2018 12:31:07 PM
To Mr. George W. Purnell, Children and the Family of Ms. Shirley Ann Branch (Purnell)
We were saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one. Please accept our sincere condolences and sympathy in this hour of bereavement.
We pray that God will strengthen you in this hour and days to come.
The Cofield Family and Staff of Cofield Mortuary
Submitted by Augustus C. Cofield, Jr. on May 19 2018 02:22:07 PM
Sorry to hear about the death of your dear love one. Death Is our worse enemy because it takes away someone we love. Thanks to Jehovah and Jesus they promise that we can see them again.(John 11;25). What a joyous occasion it will be too welcome our love ones back to life.(JOHN 5:28).
Submitted by E.Jones on May 19 2018 10:28:35 AM
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