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Date published: 7/29/2014

Thomas Purkins

Thomas Purkins, 88, of Prince William County passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, in hospice care.

Mr. Purkins was born March 24, 1926, at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C., the son of the late Gerald Monds and Kathryn Grigsby Purkins of King George County.

He grew up at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., and later lived in King George. He was educated at the Devitt Preparatory School, the Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and the University of Nuevo Leon School of Medicine.

Mr. Purkins served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant and infantry squad leader in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. After the war in Europe ended, he served as an honor guard to Gens. Patton and Eisenhower. Mr. Purkins had a long career in medical sales and after retirement spent much of his time doing genealogy research and helping countless others research their lineage. He stayed active in his Regimental Association and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Mr. Purkins was recently predeceased by his brother, Gerald R. Purkins. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Roeder Purkins of Woodbridge; his son, Thomas Purkins of Providence Forge; and his cousin John Grigsby of Arlington and his cousin Betty Ann Grigsby Wilson of Annandale.

Graveside services will be held at noon Thursday, July 31, at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1902 Plank Road, Fredericksburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to OWL VFD, 910 Highams Court, Woodbridge, VA 22191.