Dr. Charles Purifoy
02/10/1936 - 05/22/2018
Obituary for Dr. Charles Purifoy
Dr. Charles Gilbert Purifoy died after a long illness on May 22, 2018 at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital. He was 82.
Charles is survived by his wife of 44 years, Beth Massey Purifoy and his children, Wendy Purifoy Selman (Ashley) and Maggie Purifoy Lyon (Mike). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mary Gregory Smith Porter (Doty), Richard Benz III, Redford Pierce Lyon, and Marlene Vivien Lyon. Great grandchildren John Benz Porter and Walter McCraw Porter.
Charles was born on February 10, 1936 in Boise, Idaho to Linfield and Margaret Gilbert Purifoy.
His family moved to Greenwood and Charles completed his early education at Greenwood High School. He attended Millsaps College and majored in physics. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Tennessee. After Dental School he joined the Army and was stationed in Texas as a Captain. He returned to Greenwood and began his private dental practice. He later joined Dr. Perry Whites’ until his retirement in 2008. He also served on the State Board of Dental Examiners for many years, and as President of the board for 2 years. He was inducted into the American College of Dentistry in 2000.
Charles was accomplished at fishing, hunting, seeing in color and telling dirty jokes. He was a dedicated tomato gardener. As much as he loved the outdoors, he also relished a good Western – especially if John Wayne or Clint Eastwood made an appearance. He was passionate about Ole Miss Football, PA Girls Basketball, broiled steaks, dirty Martinis, and Judge Judy.
Visitation and Celebration of His Life will be held at the home of Ashley & Wendy Selman,
2507 River Road Extended on May 25, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. A family memorial will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorials be made to the Pillow Academy Athletic Department.
Greenwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family would like to thank Rachel Griffith for her care and Charles Peel for his unwavering friendship.
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