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