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May 20, 2013
Gus Purcell was not just an outstanding coach, he was a great teacher. Few people realized that, although his offense consisted of a multitude of plays, Coach Purcell gave his quarterbacks freedom to create plays by calling pass patterns in the huddle for all of the receivers individually -- just like Sid Gillman did in pro football. That trust is the essence of being a great teacher or parent -- give your students all the knowledge you have to prepare them and allow them to make decisions on their own. Letting go is the most difficult yet the most rewarding challenge in life.
To sit in one of his quarterback meetings was like a Master class in Life. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Coach Purcell was a Master indeed.
April 18, 2012
Dear Bonnie,

He will be missed, but will remain in our hearts forever.
March 19, 2012
I played against Gus Purcell, and Myers Park Mustanges at Garainger High in Charlotte, and Gus chose me to play in the 1960 Shrine Bowl.
Truly a man ahead of time, and inspired many of us. God Bless his family during this time. Glenn Fogle Sr.
February 14, 2012
When I was a young boy we lived 2 doors from offensive line coach Jack Sink. My dad was a big fan of MP under Purcell though we lived in the South Meck district. I loved going to the games and once was a water boy for a scrimmage against West Charlotte at Memorial Stadium. Another time I rode the team bus there for a game against South. I did attend MP, and Gus left coaching after my sophmore year and I never knew him personally, but he was always in the stands at the games and would talk to my friend whom he knew. Another friend I knew worked at the fish camp. For sure his offenses stood out to me even when I was so young. The team I remember the most had Pike Jones and John Davis in the backfield.
January 30, 2012
Celebrating a life well livled. Cherish the memories forever.
January 29, 2012
December 28, 2011
I missed this notice back in March. My condolences to the Purcell family. Mr Purcell was a man you never forgot. MPHS was lucky to have him.
November 11, 2011
I will always remember Coach Purcell. He was truly an innovative coach. It was an honor to play for him. All of us Mustangers will miss him.
October 26, 2011
Please accept my condolences during this time of sorrow.
October 11, 2011
He was my homeroom teacher at MPHS and such a nice guy. I am glad I happened on the obituary today while I was searching for my cousin John Poole in Hamlet.

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