Dennis DeQuan Purcell 17, of Raeford, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines. Burial will follow in the Serenity Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation and viewing will be 1:00 thru 2:00 pm Sunday, June 9, 2019 (one hour prior to service). Services are entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Southern Pines.
Dennis Dequan Purcell, 17, of Raeford, NC, transitioned from this life on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Affectionately known as Quan, from an energy-filled little boy, he was unforgettable to anyone who encountered him. Quan was born on July 21, 2001, to Mr. Dennis Purcell and Mrs. Sarah Morris Purcell. He attended Pinecrest High School and was in the graduating Class of 2019. Quan was also a beloved member of Rock Salvation Ministry in Raeford, NC.
Quan had a smile that could light up the room; you could always find him making other people literally laugh out loud with his jokes, singing, and impressions. He loved spending time with family, especially his cousins and his older sister, Vernita. He and his big sister were inseparable. When you saw one, you most definitely saw the other. Quan was a friend and brother to many. A member of the Pinecrest football team, he was a true servant leader who encouraged and mentored younger players. Quan was a soul of many talents. He was an athlete, a maturing musician, and a rookie hunter. He was deeply loved and many will carry his love and spirit into the future.
Quan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, George Morris, Jr. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Dennis and Sarah Purcell, and his sister Vernita Purcell, all of the home. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Bernice Morris, and his paternal grandparents, Walter Ree Purcell and Glinnie Mae Purcell, all of Raeford, NC. Quan will also be missed by aunts: Jenell (Greg), Clara (Carl), Ann (James), Marilyn, and uncles: James (Jackie), Kenneth (Barbara), and Tony. Last but certainly not least, Quan will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by a host of great aunts, great uncles, cousins, and friends.