Carl Hushel Purdy, 78, of Lynchburg went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday February 26, 2014.

 Carl was born July 29, 1935 in Lynchburg, a son of the late Carl Hushel Purdy, Sr. and the late Nora Harris Purdy Mitchell. Carl was retired from Babcock & Wilcox and was a member of Inglewood Baptist Church.

 Carl enjoyed life, and met many life time friends while working, line dancing and travelling. His infectious smile and sparkling blue eyes reflected his warm heart and love for people. Carl was fun to be around. He was an animated story teller, and entertained us with stories from his life. He was talented with his hands, and his strong work ethic lives on in Chris and Tina. Carl delighted children as a professional Santa during Christmas. He glowed when seeing their smiles and the wonder in their faces as they told him their dreams and verified that his beard was real! Music resonated through Carl, he enjoyed singing hymns and country songs. Carl was passionate about his vegetable garden, fishing and railroad memorabilia. He loved a roaring fire in the winter time. Carl’s gratefulness, love, strength and courage, especially during this past month, is an enduring part of his legacy.

 He is survived by son Chris Purdy and wife Noel of Charlottesville, daughter Tina Purdy Markham and husband Richard of Lynchburg, four grandchildren; Jeremiah Tolley and wife Marrianne, Brittany Purdy Brown and husband Zac, Benjamin Riley and Walker Riley, three great-grandchildren; Mya Tolley, Boone Tolley and Aiden Brown. Also his first wife, Betty Mountcastle. We would like to express a special thank you to everyone at Runk & Pratt, where Carl lived the last few years, for their excellent care and support. Carl loved his many caregivers at Runk & Pratt, and they loved him.

 A Celebration of Carl’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday March 9, 2014 in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made in Carl\”™s memory to 1 More Well, to donate, please go to www.1morewell.com

 Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg (434-237-9424) is assisting the family.  Condolences may be sent by visiting:  tharpfuneralhome.com.

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Monday, 10 March 2014

    Chris and Noel– sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Steve and Mary Jo Sisler

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Sunday, 09 March 2014

    So sorry for everyone touched by Carl’s wonderful outgoing personality. I worked, bowled & socialized with Carl for 30+ years. Will miss him!! Paul Abbott

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Tuesday, 04 March 2014

    To the Purdy Family;

    Your husband and father was Santa Claus. He visited my son for several years, and we all came to love him through his Christmas spirit. Prayers and condolences for your loss.

    Kristy Milton, Bedford, VA

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Monday, 03 March 2014

    Chris and Tina sorry about your Dad. My thoughts and prayer with you and your family. RIP Purdy I will always remember you.

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Monday, 03 March 2014

    Chris , sorry to hear the passing of your dad. May god bless you and your family in this difficult time. We will keep you on our prayers. Darrell and Lori Templeton

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Monday, 03 March 2014

    Tina, I am sorry to learn of your father’s passing. He sounds like he was a wonderful Dad and a lot of fun. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Marlene finch

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Monday, 03 March 2014

    Chris and Family,

    Thinking of you in this loss of your Dad. But I know that you know he is Blessed to be with the Lord and fulfilling the promises of Christ. May the peace of knowing his resurrection and eternal life bring you peace and joy each day!!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

    Dick & Jenny Martin
    Crozet, Virginia

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Sunday, 02 March 2014

    To Carl’s family

    I was fortunate to work with Carl for many years at B&W. He always wore a smile and made everyone around him laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jim Hicks

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Sunday, 02 March 2014

    Hallie,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. It’s always hard to cope with the loss of a loved one. Your memories of all your time with Carl will be with you forever.
    Renee Thompson, Appomattox, VA

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  • tharp September 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Sunday, 02 March 2014

    Chris and Tina, sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I would be at the service this afternoon but my back has been giving me fits the last couple years. Hope you are doing well.

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