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Wilda Lee Purnell Stough

Wilda Lee Purnell Stough of Geneva, AL passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, May 8, 2023. She was 82 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Geneva with Reverend Dr. Edwin Scott and Reverend Steve Skidmore officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home of Geneva directing. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Wilda was born in Red Level, AL on March 19, 1941, to the late Vernon and Stella Stowers Purnell. She attended Red Level High School where she was a cheerleader. After graduating in 1959, she went on to attend Troy State University for about half of a year. During her short time at Troy, she came home one weekend and a gentleman by the name of Charlie Stough caught her eye at a local dance. They were married soon after and had 55 joyous years of marriage.

After college, she started working at the Coca Cola Bottling Company in Andalusia where she was the secretary. Wilda and Charlie moved to Samson where she served as the librarian and he coached. They then moved to Geneva where she worked as an office secretary for James A. Mulkey Elementary School for over 25 years.

In her later years she became an avid Braves fan, especially after her husband Charlie passed away. She rarely missed a game on television, even through her hospital stays.

“Maw”, as she was affectionately known by her grandchildren, loved her family dearly. Mrs. Stough will be remembered for her southern hospitality, generosity, beautiful smile, and gentle spirit.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Stough; daughter, Susan Lee Stough; two brothers, James and John Purnell; two sisters-in-law, Louise and Kathy Purnell.

She is survived by her son, Jay Stough (Beth) of Geneva, AL; two grandchildren, Scott Stough (Faith) of Enterprise, AL, and Jaylee Hood (Christian) of Troy, AL; two great grandchildren, Judah James Stough of Enterprise, AL, and Rowan Elizabeth Hood of Troy, AL; two brothers, Mike Purnell of Red Level, AL, and Creigh Purnell (Ann) of Andalusia, AL; sister-in-law, Gloria Purnell of Birmingham, AL; brother-in-law, Louie Stough (Martha) of Wetumpka, AL; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Warren~Holloway~Ward Funeral Home (334) 684-9999, is in charge of arrangements. “Continuing The Trust You’ve Placed In Us” To sign a guest register, please visit: 


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