Wayne Purcell

Wayne Purcell
Wayne Purcell

Wayne Purcell was born in Amarillo to J.R. and Mary Purcell on July 15, 1947.  He graduated from Palo Duro High School and attended Amarillo College and West Texas State University.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a communications officer.  During his service, he was stationed in Pensacola, FL; Panama; and Nicosia, Cyprus. In civilian life, Wayne owned Wayne Purcell Photography where he specialized in weddings and portraitures. In his later years, he was employed by Texas Workforce Commissions as an accounts examiner.

Seeking a rose for a bride’s portrait, Wayne walked into Shelton’s Flowers, where he met the shopgirl, Bobby Koesjan, who soon became the love of his life. He and Bobby married on May 20, 1978.  They were each other’s best friend and enjoyed 42 years of marriage.  Wayne’s hobbies were playing snooker and pool.  In fact, he was the pool shark at the Amarillo Senior Citizen’s Center where he won numerous pool tournaments.  Having an artistic talent, he recently returned to mastering the skills of pottery-making.

Wayne’s biggest accomplishment was his devotion to Bobby and family. He also enjoyed the companionship of his faithful Welsh corgis, Buster and Daisy.  The Lord welcomed home this good and faithful servant on February 6, 2019.

Preceded in death by his parents, Wayne is survived by his wife, his sister, Doris Adkins of Abilene and his extended family.

11 Replies to “Wayne Purcell”

  1. So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. I really loved him and will miss him. Prayers for you Bobby and Doris and the rest of the family. Sorry I couldn’t be there.

  2. Bobby, I’m so very sorry for your loss! You are in our prayers and if you need anything please let us help. Wayne was such an amazing man. Such a gentle spirit. We love you so very much! We’re here for you. God Bless

  3. So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was such a kind man and a great photographer. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

  4. Bobby,
    Our hearts are heavy with the news of your loss.
    Please know that we are thinking of you and hoping that your precious memories of Wayne, give you moments of peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Know that you are treasured and loved,
    Margo, Taylor and Peyton

  5. Bobbie, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that our family stands with you in prayer during this time and always. You are so loved, Bobbie.
    Kimberly Carlile

  6. We will surely miss Wayne. He was a great friend. Both Wayne and you Bobby, have been so good to our family. Wayne had such a great sense of humor and was a great guy to share fellowship with. We have many photos that Wayne took for us over the years that will surely keep him in our memories.
    We love you Bobbie and your in my prayers.
    Love you,
    Lilli

  7. Wayne you will truly be missed. Our family enjoyed such a great friendship with you and Bobby for those 42 years. Wayne was a true friend and a great Christian. All the photos you took for us will keep your memory fresh in our minds and hearts for years to come.
    Bobby you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you so much.

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