Leslie Eschol Purdee, 75, DeLand, FL. "Les" as known to many, "Eschol" as he was known to his mother and siblings, departed this life on Monday, February 18, 2013. A memorial service will be held on March 09, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Calvary Full Gospel Church located at 5455 U.S. 17, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130. Leslie was born on October 12, 1937 in Stuckey, GA. A long time employee of Union Camp in Savannah, Ga., he retired on December 01, 1998 after 38 years of service. Les is survived by his mother Virginia Purdee; brother, Charles "Chuck" Purdee (Cyndie); sisters, Evonne Dingus (Ed), Elaine Kirkland (Howard) Janice Sutton, Dianne Wall (Michael); sons, Mike Purdee (Liz), Tim Purdee (Teresa); grandchildren, Melissa Cross, Matthew Purdee, Mallory Purdee, great-grandchildren, Lakelynn Purdee and Lillian Cross and companion Laura Smith. He was preceded in death by his father, Eldon Purdee; sister, Geraldine Woodward; brothers, David Purdee, James "Jimmy" Purdee and grandson Cody Purdee. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home DeLand.


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 22, 2013