Curtis E. “Abe” Pursley

Curtis E. “Abe” Pursley, 82, of Bacova, Virginia died Monday, July 30, 2012 at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs.
He was born April 12, 1930 in Bacova, to the late Jesse & Lena Broce Pursley. On July 20, 1951, he married Agnes B. Pursley. Prior to his retirement from Virginia Power at the Back Creek pump storage station, Abe served in the U.S. Army. During the Korean War, he received a purple heart for a combat wound inflicted by exploded shrapnel. He was a member of VFW Post 4204 and served on the Honor Guard for many years. Abe was a loving husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed working in his yard and fishing. He was a Member of the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church and his life’s passion was playing his mandolin and singing. A dear friend to all, he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of sixty one years, Agnes B. Pursley of Bacova; a daughter, Vicki Grutter of Bacova; a son, Edward Lee Pursley & wife Mendy of Weyers Cave, Virginia; three grandchildren, David, Briana and Kaleb; a brother, Marvin F. Pursley & wife Marie of Bacova; a sister, Edna Osborne of Weyers Cave and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Pursley.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 2, 2012 at the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Charles Reed officiating. Interment will be in the Warm Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Tuning, Scott Robertson, Carson “Pete” Cauley, David Pursley, John Hart and Barrie Wolf. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Donald Myers, William Schoenthaler and Don Fike.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warm Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 238, Warm Springs, Virginia, 24484. Online condolences may be submitted at

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